Johny Hendricks has been saying recently that he should have move to middleweight a long time ago, but the man he’ll face on Sunday, plans to demonstrate why that’s not true…
After struggling to make 170 pounds in several of his last few fights, Hendricks jumped up to middleweight. In his first bout at 185, which went down in February, the former welterweight champ outscored Hector Lombard for a decision win.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s the right weight class for him and I’m going to be more than happy to show him why come fight night,” Boetsch said. “You get a lot of big guys in this division and I think it’s the same reason why Hector Lombard didn’t stay around.
“I had the opportunity to be the first guy in the UFC to fight him (Lombard). He was destroying everybody over in the other league at middleweight, but then he came over here and I fed him his first loss after winning 25 in a row or something like that and he made the decision to drop down because size does matter.”
Now, Lombard eventually ditched the move to welterweight, but it is true that the former Bellator champ was outsized by the likes of Boetsch and Yushin Okami (the latter of whom, Boetsch took out in one of the best comebacks the Octagon has seen).
So, it will be interesting to see how Hendricks does against Boetsch, who has certainly never been called a ‘smaller middleweight’. Boetsch used to compete at 205, and it should also be noted, he hits like a light-heavyweight. Three out of Boetsch’s last four wins have come via stoppage.
UFC FN 112 will go down on Oklahoma City. In the main event, Michael Chiesa will take on fellow lightweight contender, Kevin Lee.