Sometimes fighters can be their own matchmakers.
That’s what happened between Kyle Bochniak and Jeremy Kennedy, a pair now slated to meet at the UFC Long Island event at Nassau Coliseum on July 22.
Appearing on a UFC fan podcast last month, Bochniak called out Kennedy as a potential opponent. When Bochniak’s words reached fans on Twitter, he amped up the callout, telling Kennedy, “I’ll dig your grave for free.”
After a few weeks of social media back-and-forth, the fight was announced for the Coliseum card on Wednesday.
The bout will match two up-and-coming featherweights looking to make a lasting impression. Fighting out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Bochniak (7-1, 1-1 UFC) is coming off his first UFC win – a split decision victory over Enrique Barzola last August.
Kennedy (10-0, 2-0 UFC) has a pair of unanimous decision victories since coming to the UFC last August. The Canadian last beat Rony Jason in March.
This is the third featherweight bout announced for UFC on Fox 25. Long Island’s Dennis Bermudez will fight Darren Elkins, while Shane Burgos faces Godofredo Pepey at 145 pounds.
The event is headlined by former UFC champion and Long Island native Chris Weidman against middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum. Tickets for the event go on sale June 2.