Tim Boetsch is set to face off against former Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold this weekend at UFC 172. And while Rockhold has been known to mix it up on the feet, Boetsch believes that his power will cause Rockhold to look for the takedown, not wanting to risk another highlight-reel finish to a hard-hitting opponent (Vitor Belfort comes to mind).
Boetsch sat down with Sherdog’s Beatdown Radio Show, and had a few things to say about the match-up:
“I feel like I can bully anybody in the middleweight division, and that’s part of the game plan. But I think Luke’s going to come into this one with a little bit different game plan than what everybody’s expecting. I really think he’s working hard on his wrestling and I think he understands that I have the ability to stop this fight with my punching power. I really expect him to try to put me on my back and keep me there.”
“Honestly, I think he’s a great fighter. He’s one of the best athletes in the weight class. He’s got some great technical ability obviously and he’s got a huge reach advantage over most guys in the weight class. He’s a dangerous guy for anybody to fight, but that being said, as far as where he’s at in the UFC, he’s only got one win in the UFC and it was over [Costas] Philippou. I think he’s definitely a legit fighter, but I’m not sure why he’s being backed so hard already by everybody when he hasn’t really had that experience in the UFC. I think this fight’s going to be a great test for him. I definitely respect the guy and expect it to be a great fight, but I think people might have their expectations set a little bit too high too early.”
We’ll see if those expectations are set too high, or just right, this Saturday night in Baltimore.