Tim Kennedy finally has a matchup secured.
The UFC announced on Wednesday that his rumored bout with Kevlin Gastelum has been confirmed for UFC 206 in Toronto on December 10.
The #10 ranked middleweight was originally expected to face Rashad Evans at UFC 205 in New York last month but Evans wasn’t issued a license by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) and was forced off the card just days from the fight. The bout was then rescheduled to take place at UFC 206 but Evans was again not granted a license due to issues with his medical examinations.
Gastelum, meanwhile, was also expected to fight at UFC 205 but was pulled from the card after he chose not to show up to weigh-ins due to issues with his weight cut. As a result, he was suspended for six months by NYSAC
When the matchup between the two was first being discussed, the main concern was whether Gastelum would be approved to fight by the Ontario Athletic Commission due to his NYSAC suspension. The suspension was lifted earlier this week, however, and Gastelum was approved to fight after paying a $2000 fine.
Kennedy (18-5) has not fought since his controversial TKO loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178 in 2014. Prior to that, he was on a four-fight win streak which includes a unanimous decision win over current middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Gastelum (12-2) is coming off of a decision win over former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 200 in July.
UFC 206 will be held at the Air Canada Center and will be headlined by an interim featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis.