Although Tim Boetsch narrowly got by Hector Lombard last summer with a split decision win, “The Barbarian” was steadily battling his way up the middleweight ranks after dropping down from light-heavyweight in 2011. Then at UFC 155 last December, Boetsch ran into another rising 185’er in Costa Philippou, and was stopped by the rugged vet in the second round. Up next, Boetsch will take on fellow top ten contender Mark Munoz at UFC 162, and the 32 year-old is hoping to demonstrate that his last performance was the exception rather than the rule.
Case in point, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio recently, Boetsch had this to say about his last bout and his mindset heading into UFC 162.
“I was really ticked off about losing that last fight. I was ready to get back to training the next day, if I could – I was that mad. I just wanted to redeem myself. It’ll be seven months that i’ve been stewing about that, training hard and making sure that I don’t make the same mistakes again. So absolutely, I’ve got a chip on my shoulder and I’m ready to get in there and show the crowd what I can do again.”
Like Boetsch, Munoz is also coming off a loss that ended a four fight win streak, as “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” was punished by Chris Weidman last summer and lost by KO. So, both men are looking to secure a win on July 6th to reinsert themselves in the title shot mix. As Boetsch noted:
“I think a win over him is going to get me right back on track toward my ultimate goal of getting a title shot and being a champion. For me, it’s definitely important who my opponent is.”
It’s an intriguing match-up to say the least, as the loser will likely get bumped outside the coveted top ten rankings. Oh, and if you’re wondering, Munoz is a slight favorite on the betting lines. That seems about right.
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