By beating Hector
Lombard at UFC
149, Tim Boetsch
thinks he spoiled the UFC’s plans for the middleweight division.
More specifically, he believes the UFC was going to give Lombard
the next title shot if Lombard had beaten him.
“Honestly, I think they were going to,” Boetsch told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “In the pre-fight press
conference, Dana [White] had said that he had all the answers for
the middleweight division, that he was going to make the
announcement Saturday night. I believe what happened is I threw a
wrench into all of that, honestly.”
Boetsch edged Lombard via split decision, derailing the Cuban’s
20-fight win streak. The bout wasn’t particularly entertaining, but
much of the blame for that has been pointed at Lombard for
abandoning his typically aggressive style.
“It never really came in the fight, and that actually sort of threw
me off a little bit,” Boetsch said. “Over the past couple months of
training, I trained anticipating that bull rush forward. I’d worked
on a lot of sidestepping and throwing off of his movement coming
in, and it just never happened in the 15 minutes. It kind of had me
thrown for a loop. I was anticipating that the whole time.”
With all the criticism leveled at Lombard, though, Boetsch may not
be receiving his fair share of credit.
“I’m a bit baffled as to how I fly under the radar after these
successful fights that I’m having, but if that’s the way it’s got
to be, that’s fine by me,” he said. “Like I’ve said before, I’ll
beat whoever they put in front of me and then eventually, if I can
beat everybody they put in front of me, people will have to talk
about me. I hope.”
After the fight, Boetsch expressed doubt that he would be getting
the next shot at champion Anderson
Silva. That doesn’t mean he thinks he’s not worthy,
“On paper, I think it’s hard to argue that anybody is really in
front of me,” Boetsch said. “If you look at the last two guys that
I’ve beaten, I think that’s a pretty good resume for a title shot.
I’d like to see the argument for who I need to beat to actually be
next in line or whoever they think is in front of me, whose
credentials are better. Let’s do a little fighter math here and
look at who they’ve beat that makes them more deserving. I think
I’ve got to be close to the next guy in line.”
Boetsch is undefeated as a middleweight, having won all four of his
fights in the division. Still, he vows to remain patient while
waiting on his crack at the gold.
“I don’t feel disrespected,” he said. “I feel like you deserve what
you earn, and if they don’t feel like I’ve earned that title shot
yet, I’ll beat somebody else. I’ll beat whoever it takes to get
there. Then I plan on getting that strap when it’s my turn.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:05:04).