Tim Boetsch’s status in the UFC middleweight division grew more uncertain Saturday night.
The 33-year-old Lincolnville native lost via submission at 2:08 of the first round to Luke Rockhold in one of the main-card bouts of UFC 172 at the Baltimore Arena.
The loss was the third in the last four fights for Boetsch, now 17-7 overall as a mixed martial arts professional and 8-6 in the UFC, including 5-3 in the middleweight (185-pound) ranks.
The highly touted Rockhold, from Santa Cruz, Calif., improved his record to 12-2 overall, 2-1 in the UFC.
Boetsch attempted an early takedown, but the taller Rockhold countered with an inverted triangle choke hold. The former Strikeforce champion maintained that control with his legs, then grabbed Boetsch’s arm and applied a Kimura shoulder lock that led to the submission.