UFC 172 is quickly filling up with exciting matchups. Only moments after announcing Anthony Johnson’s return to the UFC, another titillating bout was released. Luke Rockhold is set to return to the Octagon against at UFC 172. The former StrikeForce Middleweight champion will take on Middleweight stalwart, Tim Boetsch. This bout was originally set for UFC 166, but Rockhold was forced to withdraw due to an injury. The two men will settle their score in April, in what will likely be part of the pay per view card.
Rockhold is fresh off of his first UFC victory, in which he dominated Costa Philippou en route to a first round TKO back at UFC Fight Night 35. That win garnered him the #6 spot in the Middleweight rankings, and moved him inches closer to the coveted title shot.
Tim Boetsch snapped a two fight losing streak at UFC 166, but it was not without controversy. Rockhold was replaced by TUF alumnus, CB Dollaway, in a fight that looked on paper to be Boetsch’s to lose. Instead, Dollaway utilized an aggressive wrestling and grappling game to stymie Boetsch’s offense. The fight was close, but many pundits scored it for Dollaway. The judges disagreed, and gave Boetsch the split decision victory. Boetsch will look to move past the controversy and make a statement come April.