Tim Boetsch (16-4) is coming off the biggest win of his career, as he defeated Hector Lombard at UFC 149. Lombard had not lost a fight since 2006 and was being touted as the next test for middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
Speaking with “Inside MMA” on Monday evening, Boetsch believes he could test Anderson Silva, not only with his fists, but he thinks he can submit him.
“For me, when a guy runs his mouth and there’s high expectations, it’s part of fighting. I’ve find that I’m kind of the opposite of that. I wanna perform, and maybe that’s why I’m not on the radar, and everybody’s not talking about me. But, if I beat enough people, it’s gonna be hard to ignore me, and it’s gonna be hard to deny me that title shot. I’m not sure who they’re gonna put in front of me, after a win over Hector, after a win over Okami, but whoever they put in front of me, next, I’ll get the win. I think I match up great (with Anderson Silva). He struggles with wrestlers, and I’m a wrestler that also can do a lot of damage with my fists and kicks and submissions. I haven’t been showing my submission game much, but we’ll save that for the world championship. If I need to submit Anderson Silva, I know I can.”
Boetsch is on a four fight win streak with key victories over former number one contender Yushin Okami and the aforementioned Hector Lombard. He believes he is “in the mix,” as Dana White would say, however he will have to recoup from a broken foot before tearing through the rest of the 185lbs division.