Tim Boetsch returns to the ring this Saturday night in hope of putting his title-shot dream back on track.
“The Barbarian” was last in the Octagon 7 months ago and suffered a defeat (TKO) to rising division star, Costas Philippou. The loss knocked Boetsch off of contender’s row, but a win over Mark Munoz at UFC 162 could well put him back on it.
In speaking with Ariel Helwani of the “MMA Hour”, Tim made it clear that he’s not on the Chris Weidman bandwagon and that he’s “one of the few guys who’s been picking Silva from the start”. He said that he’s surprised that people are so high on “The All-American” and that Silva is “the greatest to ever step into the Octagon” and that he expects Silva to win.
Boetsch himself was set to face Chris in December of last year, but the bout was scrapped due to an injury to Weidman (torn labrum). Of that match, Tim said he “had a pretty good game-plan picked out” for Chris, implying that he would have beaten the All-American and that he’s sure Silva has a plan as well.
Beyond that the Barbarian wants "The Spider" to win, because he believes he’s the man to beat Anderson and that “it would be an honor to take the strap from him.”
Regarding his own fight with Munoz, Boetsch is looking to “re-establish” that his is a contender and that his last loss if fueling his fire. He thinks his fight with Munoz is a good match stylistically and that he’s “happy” the bout was scheduled.
Of Munoz’s weight, Tim says he was “surprised” that Mark allowed himself to go that far and that he hopes he’s spent his time preparing for the fight and not simply losing the weight. As such, he’s hoping to face the “best” Mark Munoz.
Of the fight, Tim believes that should he win that he will be back within a fight or two of contending for the middleweight belt. As stated, he hopes that fight is against Anderson Silva.