UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch was unbeaten at 185 pounds going into a December duel with Costa Philippou and could have put himself in perfect position for a title-shot had he escaped the effort with a victory in tow. However, Philippou’s stand-up along with a few accidental fouls left Boetsch in dire straights and he was ultimately finished off in the third round.
Boetsch is back in the gym training for a match-up with Mark Munoz at UFC 162 where he plans on re-establishing himself as one of the division’s toughest draws. Though his core set of skills will remain the same, “The Barbarian” will take to the Octagon a new fighter thanks to the lessons imparted by his fall to Philippou.
“At first it was really hard for me to digest. I was upset because I felt I was the better fighter until things started to happen. But as I’ve taken a step back and looked at things, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and had I won that fight I would have been very close to a title shot and perhaps at that time I wasn’t quite ready,” said the Maine native in a recent interview with the Bangor Daily News. “Sometimes you learn a lot more from a loss than you do from a win, and I think I’m a lot mentally stronger now.”
The 32-year old Boetsch believes a win over Munoz should put him back in line for a crack at contendership if not score him a title-shot as is considering champion Anderson Silva is scheduled to defend his title against Chris Weidman on the same card.
“There’s a lot of talent in the division, but if you look at my resume it’s hard to argue that it’s not one of the best resumes in the division,” said Boetsch, saying he sees Silva as a genuine possibility if the Brazilian beats Weidman and he can seal the deal against Munoz.
The 16-5 Boetsch had beaten the likes of Hector Lombard and Yushin Okami leading up to his last bout. Twelve of his victories have featured some form of stoppage.
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