January 28, 1981 |
Lincolnville, Maine, United States
|Other names||The Barbarian|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Light Heavyweight (formerly)
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sunbury, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Team||Barbarian Combat Sports
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Timothy A. Boetsch (//; born January 28, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to the UFC, Boetsch has formerly competed as an alternate for the New York Pitbulls in the International Fight League and King of the Cage.  As of October 27, 2014, he is #13 in official UFC Middleweight rankings. He is known for his ability to come back from losing fights, as shown in his bouts with Yushin Okami & Brad Tavares.
Boetsch was born in Lincolnville, Maine and has a brother, Aaron, who is ten years older than him. Boetsch began wrestling when he was six years old, and had always admired his older brother's wrestling abilities. Boetsch, who also practiced Jeet Kune Do, attended Camden Hills Regional High School, where his achievements on the wrestling mat were staggering. Boetsch was a four-time state wrestling champion, and won almost every tournament that he participated in. On August 4th, 2012, he was inducted into the Maine Wrestling Hall of Fame. He then attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania on a wrestling scholarship, but had mixed results in his wrestling career there. Boetsch had trouble settling into the right weight-class, and was not consistent. His college roommate, who was also on the wrestling team, had been training with the legendary Pat Miletich after he left college. Boetsch's roommate then offered Boetsch the opportunity to fight in Iowa, and Boetsch, who was landscaping in Pennsylvania at the time, accepted.
Mixed martial arts career
Boetsch had his first amateur fight in August of 2006, and after dominating the first two opponents he faced in less than two minutes, made his transition to the professional ranks. Boetsch made his IFL debut as a late replacement to fight veteran Vladimir Matyushenko. He was given three days to prepare for the match, and fought the future champion to a decision, his first professional loss.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After this performance, Boetsch made his UFC debut at UFC 81 as a late replacement to fight David Heath. He was given ten days to prepare for the fight, and won by TKO in the first round. Boetsch received particular acclaim and a fan following for the way he threw Heath onto his head at the end of the fight. Boetsch next made his main card debut in the UFC as a replacement to fight Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 13 with six weeks to prepare for the fight. Though he opened a large gash on Hamill's lower lip, he found himself winded in the second round, leading to a TKO loss due to strikes from the ground.
Boetsch fought submission specialist Michael Patt at UFC 88. For the first time in four fights, Boetsch did not enter the bout as a replacement for another fighter. Boetsch won by TKO in the first round.
Boetsch earned a record of 3-0 before getting re-signed with the UFC.
Return to the UFC
Boetsch was scheduled to face Thiago Silva on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117, but Silva was forced out of the bout due to an injury. and replaced by UFC newcomer Todd Brown. Boetsch won a unanimous decision.
Boetsch was victorious in his fight against former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144. Boetsch was badly beaten in the first two rounds before rallying to claim a TKO victory in what is arguably the biggest victory of his career to date. Veteran commentator Joe Rogan stated it as the greatest comeback in UFC history.
Boetsch was expected to face Michael Bisping on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. However, Bisping was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Hector Lombard. Boetsch defeated Lombard via split decision.
Boetsch was expected to face Chris Weidman on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. However, Weidman was forced out of the bout due citing an injury and was replaced by Constantinos Philippou. Boetsch had dominated the first round, but he received an eye poke and headbutt later in the fight and was bleeding a significant amount. Boetsch was never able to fully recover and slowed down significantly. He eventually lost the fight via TKO due to strikes, making this his first loss since moving to Middleweight.
Boetsch was expected to face Luke Rockhold on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166. However, Rockhold was forced out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by C.B. Dollaway. While Dollaway seemingly controlled the action for the majority of the bout, he was deducted a point for multiple eye pokes to Boetsch. Boetsch was declared the winner via split decision.
Boetsch faced Brad Tavares on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47. Boetsch scored a come from behind victory, defeating Tavares via secound round TKO. The win also earned Boetsch his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Boetsch is married and has a son.
Boetsch has a degree in Criminal Justice from the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He was formerly a social worker with adolescents prior to pursuing his mixed martial arts career, and he now owns a lawn and landscape business. 
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- 5150 Combat League
- Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award
- Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award (Two times)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||18 wins||7 losses|
|Thales Leites||UFC 183||January 31, 2015||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–7||Brad Tavares||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux||August 16, 2014||2||3:18||Bangor, Maine, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||17–7||Luke Rockhold||Submission (inverted triangle kimura)||UFC 172||April 26, 2014||1||2:08||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Win||17–6||C.B. Dollaway||Decision (split)||UFC 166||October 19, 2013||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16–6||Mark Muñoz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 162||July 6, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||16–5||Costas Philippou||TKO (punches)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||3||2:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–4||Hector Lombard||Decision (split)||UFC 149||July 21, 2012||3||5:00||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||15–4||Yushin Okami||TKO (punches)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||3||0:54||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||14–4||Nick Ring||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||13–4||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Loss||12–4||Phil Davis||Submission (Mr. Wonderful)||UFC 123||November 20, 2010||2||2:55||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||12–3||Todd Brown||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 117||August 7, 2010||3||5:00||Oakland, California, United States|
|Win||11–3||Reese Shaner||KO (punches)||NAFC: Stand Your Ground||April 3, 2010||1||1:05||West Allis, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||10–3||Rudy Lindsey||Submission (guillotine choke)||5150 Combat League: New Year's Revolution||January 16, 2010||2||1:55||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||Won 5150 Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–3||Aaron Stark||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC: Thunderstruck||August 15, 2009||2||1:18||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Jason Brilz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 96||March 7, 2009||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||8–2||Michael Patt||TKO (punches)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||1||2:03||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||7–2||Matt Hamill||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon||April 2, 2008||2||1:25||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||7–1||David Heath||TKO (throw & punches)||UFC 81||February 2, 2008||1||4:52||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–1||Vladimir Matyushenko||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: 2007 Semifinals||August 2, 2007||3||4:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6–0||Brendan Barrett||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Extreme Challenge 81||July 28, 2007||2||3:00||West Orange, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–0||Oleg Savitsky||KO (knees)||Extreme Challenge 78||June 9, 2007||1||3:27||Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Lewis Pascavage||TKO (knee and punches)||Reality Fighting 15||May 19, 2007||1||0:20||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Hazim Ibrahim||Submission (punches)||Extreme Challenge 75||March 23, 2007||1||1:10||Trenton, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Hazim Ibrahim||KO (punch)||Reality Fighting 14||November 18, 2006||1||3:47||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||Demian Decorah||Submission (punches)||Madtown Throwdown 9||October 14, 2006||3||1:27||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
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- UFC Fighter Rankings
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- Mike Sloan. "Florian halts Lauzon; Maynard, Diaz also win". ESPN.
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