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Tim Boetsch Honored To Be The Man To KO Lombard | UFC NEWS

 

UFC middleweight, Tim Boetsch talked to Sherdog Radio Network’s, Jordan Breen Show about his highly anticipated fight with promotional newcomer and top middleweight prospect, Hector Lombard.

Boetsch was originally slated to fight Michael Bisping at the upcoming UFC 149 card but the injury bug hit and shook up the middleweight division leaving Boetsch and Lombard without their previously scheduled opponents, forcing the two into competition with one another.

Lombard is widely regarded as one of the best fighters in the world and with a 31-2 record, the former Bellator champ will be looking to make a statement and one day challenge Anderson Silva for the belt. Before the title picture at 185 becomes anymore convoluted, however, Lombard will face stiff competition as he fights “The Barbarian” in what will be an exciting fight.

“He’s coming from Bellator, but he’s been promised big things over here,” Boetsch said. “Since he has accepted this fight, there’s rumors that he’d be next to get the title shot. Obviously that’s rattling around in my mind: Will I be given the same opportunity if I take him out? There’s a lot of good things about this fight for me.”

Both middleweights have shown grappling prowess but Boetsch told Sherdog that he won’t shy away from wrapping up with the judo Olympian:

“He’s obviously a judo Olympian, so he’s got to be decent, but that just makes me want to throw him even more,” Boetsch said. “That’s what I’m going to try to do.”

As for the tough nature of fighting the highly touted (and favorite) Lombard, Boetsch remains in character and says he’s ready for Lombard to try and kill him:

“These are the fights that I really enjoy,” he said. “My teammates, we spar hard and we beat the crap out of each other, but at the end of the day, they’re all really nice guys. We have similar personalities and what not, so it’s hard to really turn it on and put it on those types of people and even some of my opponents in the past. … But with a guy like Hector Lombard, it’s easy. He makes the fight easy. You know he’s coming in there to try to kill you. You better be doing the same to him if you want to make it out of there alive.”

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5 Comments to Tim Boetsch Honored To Be The Man To KO Lombard | UFC NEWS

  1. DP713 says:

    I really like this guy. I dont know if he will ever be a champ or anything but a gate keeper, but I like the way he fights and the way he cares himself. Sort of an old school “lets just get in and see who is better” fighter. I liked this guy the first time I saw him against David Heath, and that last fight against Okami had me screaming at the TV. I wish the best for him and love to watch him fight

  2. Koshchek gives reach-arounds says:

    Lombard will leave Boetch in a coma and break A. Silva like a toothpick.

  3. KIDD433 says:

    I guess its a good thing he’s optimistic about the worst fucken beat down Hectors bout to give him

  4. danielrchargers says:

    i can see him KO Hector.

  5. Bob says:

    Hector is too fast.. It will be the other way around.. Hector will lose to bisping, chael, vitor and Anderson.. Its not how impressive your record is its how impressive the fighters you beat.

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