This time last year, Tim Boestch was busy preparing for his UFC 149 bout with Hector Lombard, after going 3-0 to begin his run at middleweight. After narrowly getting by the former Bellator champ with a split decision win, Boetsch was within striking distance of a title shot, before he was overwhelmed by Costa Philippou at UFC 155. The performance has evidently stuck with “The Barbarian”, as heading into his UFC 162 tilt with Mark Munoz, Boetsch is using the loss as motivation to take out his fellow middleweight contender.

While appearing on MMA Radio recently, Boetsch relayed:

“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.”

The Boetsch-Munoz match-up is not only interesting because it involves two experienced wrestlers and powerful fighters, but also because of what’s at stake. One year ago Munoz was also working his way up the middleweight ranks and had won four straight, before he was KO’d by Chris Weidman in July.

“At this point in my career, it certainly matters who the opponent is,” Boetsch said. “It needs to make sense in the rankings and it needs to be a fight that has me moving in the right direction toward my goal. That being said, being ranked No. 10 by some rankings, I want to fight anybody that’s ahead of me. Mark’s been ranked up there higher than me for quite a while.”

If you’re keeping track of the odds, most betting lines have Munoz as a slight favourite heading into the July 6th tilt. Hard to argue with that.

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