Lincolnville native and former Camden-Rockport High School wrestling standout Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch scored a unanimous three-round decision over Nick “The Promise” Ring in a nationally televised preliminary match of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) 135 held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on Saturday night.
Boetsch, a veteran mixed martial arts competitor now living in Sunbury, Pa., improved his UFC record to 5-3 (14-4 overall in MMA competition) by outpointing the previously unbeaten Ring 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 on the judges’ scorecards.
It also was Boetsch’s second straight win since dropping to the middleweight (185-pound) weight class earlier this year, having won a unanimous decision over Kendall Grove in May.
The 30-year-old Boetch survived an attempted submission choke hold from Ring in the first round, then knocked Ring down with a right-hand punch in the second round and remained the aggressor for the remainder of the fight.
Ring, 32, fell to 12-1 overall, 2-1 in UFC matches.