Lincolnville native Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch will return to the octagon in Japan on Saturday night, challenging veteran Yushin Okami in a middleweight mixed martial arts bout as part of the UFC 144 card in Tokyo.
The 31-year-old Boetsch, a former four-time wrestling state champion while at Camden-Rockport High School in Rockport, is 14-4 overall in MMA competition, 5-3 in UFC matches.
Boetsch, at 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, is 2-0 since moving down from light heavyweight to middleweight (185 pounds), and is coming off a unanimous decision over Nick Ring in UFC 135 last September in Denver, Colo.
Boetsch faces a major challenge in Okami, currently ranked third in the UFC middleweight decision. Okami, 26-6 overall and 10-3 in the UFC, has been idle since last August since he lost a second-round technical knockout to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The UFC 144 card is available on pay-per-view.