Lincolnville native and former Camden-Rockport High School wrestling standout Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch returns to the mixed martial arts cage Saturday night as he takes on Nick “The Promise” Ring in a preliminary match of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) 135 to be held at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The bout is scheduled to be televised nationally by Spike TV between 8 and 9 p.m.
Now based in Sunbury, Pa., Boetsch dropped to the middleweight division earlier this year and won a unanimous decision over Kendall Grove in May in his first match in the 185-pound division.
The Boetsch-Ring match also is a middleweight bout.
“This was definitely the right move to make,” Boetsch said recently during an interview on the Sherdog Radio Network. “We talked about how good I felt last camp, but this camp was even better than that one. I’m getting used to fighting at the new weight and training at a lighter weight.
“Everything’s just working better. I can train harder. My recovery is better. Everything is just better at middleweight for me.”
The 30-year-old Boetch is 13-4 in the MMA, while the 32-year-old Ring is 12-0 overall, 2-0 in UFC matches.
“The game plan is to just go at him,” Boetsch told Sherdog Radio. “I don’t really have one thing in this fight that I have to do to win. I think there’s a lot of different areas that I can beat Nick at. He’s known for being a great kick boxer, yet he’s finished a lot of his fights by submission.
“He’s pretty dangerous everywhere, but that being said, I’m not afraid of any of his striking or his grappling or his submission ability. Wherever this fight goes, I feel comfortable that I’ll be able to dominate.”