Tim Boetsch (18-7) was not supposed to beat Brad Tavares (12-3) on Saturday night. Tavares was a prospect on the rise who had just lost a close decision to certified beast Yoel Romero (8-1). Tavares was the first fighter to take Romero to the cards, and even though he lost, he had his moments in the fight. Boetsch was seen as a fringe contender who was past his best. A win over Tim would elevate Tavares to possible title contention. Apparently, no one told Boetsch about this plan. After 8 minutes of being outstruck by the younger man, Boetsch did what Boetsch does best; Upset.
With a now-trademark Boetsch bloody forehead and a tank seemingly running near empty, Barbarian dropped Tavares hard with a left hook, dropped him again with a right hook when he got back to his feet, and pounded him out with a few hard punches from the top for the win. It was a stunning comeback, but should have come as no surprise to those who have followed the career of Boetsch.
Nick “The Promise” Ring (13-3) was 12-0 going into a bout with Boetsch, and came out 12-1. Boetsch broke The Promise. Todd “The Bulldog” Brown (16-4-0-1) was 15-1-0-1. The Barbarian neutered The Bulldog. Yushin “Thunder” Okami (30-8) felt the thunderous power of Boetsch when he got knocked out. But beating the Thunder was not enough for Boetsch. He had to beat the “Lightning”, Hector Lombard (34-4-1-1), as well.
Tim Boetsch seems to delight in upsetting the apple cart, as he does it half the time he fights. Boetsch wins big fights just often enough to stay in the UFC, but loses them often enough for the wins to still be considered upsets. His career record defies logic. Yes, Boetsch managed to endure 2 rounds of vicious punishment from Yushin Okami and still get the KO, but Hector Lombard is a whole different level. Hector Lombard will finish Boetsch off where Okami could not, right? Wrong. Okay, so Boetsch beat Okami AND Lombard, so surely he will beat the much more limited Costas Phillippou (13-4-0-1)! Nope. Costa knocked him out in the first round. Hey, Boetsch might have lost to Costas, but there is no way he’ll let Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz (13-5) beat him. Yes he will. Boetsch lost a unanimous decision to Munoz.
Boetsch’s latest win came after he was submitted in just 2 minutes and 8 seconds by Luke Rockhold (12-2). The Tavares knockout was just the latest in a long line of upsets Boetsch has pulled off, and probably will not be the last time we see Boetsch’s hand raised after a fight he was supposed to lose. It has been a roller coaster of a career for Boetsch that perfectly demonstrates the importance of the phrase “expect the unexpected”. If there is one fighter you should never bet on or against, that fighter is Tim Boetsch.