BANGOR, Maine — Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch is poised for a mixed martial arts homecoming on Aug. 16.
Boetsch, the Lincolnville native ranked 13th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division, has made a verbal commitment to fight 14th-ranked Brad Tavares as part of the UFC Fight Night card at the Cross Insurance Center.
UFC officials announced Wednesday the heavyweight clash between Jack “The Outlaw” May and Shawn “The Savage” Jordan.
Earlier this spring, UFC president Dana White announced plans to bring a UFC show to the 5,800-seat Cross Insurance Center, in large part because of his connections to the Bangor area. White is a 1987 graduate of Hermon High School and owns a home in nearby Levant that he and his family visit several times each year.
The homecoming may be even more important to Boetsch, who is 17-7 overall, 8-6 in UFC bouts, after a first-round loss to fifth-ranked Luke Rockhold in his most recent fight April 26 at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The 33-year-old Boetsch grew up in the midcoast area and was a four-time high school wrestling state champion while attending Camden-Rockport High School of Rockport during the mid-to-late-1990s. He and his family live in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
Boetsch may need a win over Tavares to maintain his top-15 UFC ranking, as he has lost three of his last four bouts after winning four consecutive UFC fights upon his drop from the light heavyweight ranks to middleweight (185 pounds).
The 26-year-old Tavares, a native Hawaiian living in Las Vegas, Nevada, is 12-3. Like Boetsch, he is coming off a loss, a three-round unanimous decision to Yosi Romero on April 19 at UFC on Fox 11 at Orlando, Florida. That defeat snapped a five-match winning streak for the former semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter 11 series in 2010.
May, 33, will take a 7-1 record into his heavyweight battle against Jordan.
A native Californian, May is coming off his first defeat, a first-round technical knockout by punches to Derrick Lewis on the UFC on Fox 11 card in April.
At 6 feet, 8 inches and 255 pounds, May will have an 8-inch height advantage over the 6-foot, 260-pound Jordan, who was a member of the 2007 national champion Louisiana State University football team.
Jordan (15-6) is coming off a first-round loss to Matt Mitrione in his most recent bout March 1 at Macao, China.