Tim Boetsch
The Barbarian


Slump continues against Omari Akhmedov
March 9, 2019
Boetsch lost to Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
As has been the case for the past three or four years, Boetsch looked completely washed up. The 38-year-old spend virtually the entire bout serving as a punching bag for Akhmedov. Boetsch was never known for his foot speed and it has only gotten worse as he has aged. The UFC's middleweight division is lacking depth, but there is no reason for the company to continue to run Boetsch out there. There are countless fighters on the regional circuit who can match what "The Barbarian" brings to the table these days. Boetsch is now 3-6 in his last nine fights dating back to January 2015.
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Will face Omari Akhmedov in Wichita
January 8, 2019
Boetsch will take on Omari Akhmedov in a middleweight bout at UFC Wichita on March 9.
The 37-year-old Boetsch has been in a lengthy slump. He's lost two of his last three matches, five of his last eight and eight of his last 13. He'll face a fighter in Akhmedov who hasn't lost any of his last three bouts, though his most recent match against Marvin Vettori in Dec. 2017 ended in a draw. Injuries kept Akhmedov away from competition for the entirety of 2018.
Taps out to Antonio Carlos Junior Saturday
April 14, 2018
Boetsch lost to Antonio Carlos Junior via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:28 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 29 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
As has been the case for the last several years, Boetsch needs to retire. The 37-year-old predictably showed no ability to handle Carlos Junior's constant pressure and elite ground game. Boetsch is at the point in his career where he just fires off monster power shots all night long and prays that one of them connects. It didn't happen on Saturday. Boetsch is 3-2 in his last five fights dating back to July 2016, but he has fought considerably worse than that record would lead you to believe. The UFC has little to gain at this point by keeping him around.
Given 180-day medical suspension
June 27, 2017
Boetsch received a medical suspension of 180 days from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission following his UFC Fight Night 112 victory over Johny Hendricks, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Boetsch was able to land significant shots to all parts of Johny Hendricks while maintaining his distance. This strategy kept Boetsch out of range from Henrick's left hand. After landing a kick that unbalanced "Bigg Rigg" in Round 2, "The Barbarian" threw a series of uppercuts and finished the match with head punches while on the mat. The battle led to a KO/TKO win that advanced his record to 21-11 (12-10 UFC) and also a possible right foot and shin injuries for Boetsch. As a result, he was given 180-day medical suspension, unless cleared earlier by a physician. Other fighters with long suspensions pending clearance include Michael Chiesa, Felice Herrig, Vitor Miranda, Devin Powell and Johnny Case.
Highlight reel knockout of Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 112
June 25, 2017
Boetsch defeated Johny Hendricks via TKO (punches) at 0:46 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
Boetsch had a good strategy against Hendricks as he was very conscious of Hendricks attempting to land his big left hand. "The Barbarian" landed some big body kicks that kept Hendricks at range. He also did a good job of not circling into "Bigg Rigg's" left hand. Early in the second round Boetsch landed a right high kick that rocked Hendricks and he took advantage of the opportunity by landing multiple uppercuts and ultimately finishing Hendricks with punches on the ground. He'll take home a cool $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his effort.
Faces Johny Hendricks next
March 23, 2017
Boetsch will face Johny Hendricks in a middleweight matchup at a UFC Fight Night event in Oklahoma City on June 25.
Boetsch was quickly put away against one of the top middleweight contenders in Jacare Souza his last time out, but Hendricks represents a much more even matchup. Hendricks may be a younger fighter with more high-quality opponents on his resume, but Boetsch will hold a major size advantage in this one. Boetsch was on a two-fight winning streak prior to getting dismantled by Souza, and will look to get back on track by stopping "Bigg Rigg" -- a fighter who's only been knocked out once in his career.