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Tim Boetsch
Born (1981-01-28) January 28, 1981 (age 43)
Lincolnville, Maine, United States
Other namesThe Barbarian
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofSunbury, Pennsylvania, United States
TeamBarbarian Combat Sports[1]
AMC Pankration
TrainerMarcus Davis
Matt Hume
Rankblack belt in Jeet Kune Do[2]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[3]
Years active2006–2019
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout13
By submission3
By decision5
By knockout4
By submission5
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Last updated on: October 19, 2013

Timothy A. Boetsch[4] (/ˈb/; born January 28, 1981) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who fought in the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[5] A professional since 2006, Boetsch has formerly competed as an alternate for the New York Pitbulls in the International Fight League and King of the Cage.[6]


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 he was very successful at the local high school level. Boetsch was a four-time state wrestling champion, and won almost every tournament that he participated in. On August 4, 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.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Boetsch had his first amateur fight in August 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[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

Boetsch was released from the UFC following his loss to Jason Brilz at UFC 96, ending his four-fight contract with a 2–2 record.[11]

Boetsch earned a record of 3-0 before getting re-signed with the UFC.

Return to the UFC[edit]

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.[12] and replaced by UFC newcomer Todd Brown. Boetsch won a unanimous decision.[13]

Boetsch faced Phil Davis on November 20, 2010, at UFC 123.[14] He lost the fight via submission .[15]

Boetsch subsequently dropped down to the Middleweight division. He faced Kendall Grove on May 28, 2011, at UFC 130[16] and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Boetsch faced Nick Ring on September 24, 2011, at UFC 135. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19] However, Bisping was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Héctor Lombard.[20] Boetsch defeated Lombard via split decision.

Boetsch was expected to face Chris Weidman on December 29, 2012, at UFC 155.[21] However, Weidman was forced out of the bout due citing an injury and was replaced by Costas Philippou.[22] 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 faced Mark Muñoz on July 6, 2013, at UFC 162, He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Boetsch was expected to face Luke Rockhold on October 19, 2013, at UFC 166.[24] However, Rockhold was forced out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by C. B. Dollaway.[25] While Dollaway seemingly controlled the action for the majority of the bout, he was docked a point for multiple eye pokes to Boetsch. Boetsch was declared the winner via split decision.[26][27]

Boetsch eventually faced Luke Rockhold on April 26, 2014, at UFC 172.[28] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[29]

Boetsch faced Brad Tavares on August 16, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 47.[30] Boetsch scored a come from behind victory, defeating Tavares via second round TKO.[31] The win also earned Boetsch his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[32]

Boetsch next faced Thales Leites on January 31, 2015, at UFC 183.[33] He lost the fight via technical submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the second round.[34] Despite the loss, Boetsch was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus.[35]

Boetsch faced Dan Henderson on June 6, 2015, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 68.[36] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[37]

Boetsch faced Ed Herman in a light heavyweight bout on January 17, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 81.[38][39] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[40]

Boetsch next faced Josh Samman on July 13, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 91.[41] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[42]

Boetsch faced Rafael Natal on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205.[43] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[44]

In the last fight of his contract, Boetsch faced Ronaldo Souza on February 11, 2017, at UFC 208.[45] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[46][47]

Boetsch faced Johny Hendricks on June 25, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 112.[48] He won the fight via TKO due to a head kick and punches early in the second round.[49] The win also earned Boetsch his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[50]

Boetsch faced Antônio Carlos Júnior on April 14, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29.[51] He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke on round one.[52]

Boetsch faced Omari Akhmedov on March 9, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 146.[53] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[54]

In September 2019, Boetsch announced that he had retired.[55]

Personal life[edit]

Boetsch is married and has two sons and a daughter.

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.[56][57]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
34 matches 21 wins 13 losses
By knockout 13 4
By submission 3 5
By decision 5 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–13 Omari Akhmedov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 3 5:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Loss 21–12 Antônio Carlos Júnior Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 1 4:28 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 21–11 Johny Hendricks TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee June 25, 2017 2 0:46 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight (188 lbs) bout; Hendricks missed weight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 20–11 Ronaldo Souza Submission (kimura) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 1 3:41 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 20–10 Rafael Natal KO (punches) UFC 205 November 12, 2016 1 3:22 New York City, New York, United States
Win 19–10 Josh Samman TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker July 13, 2016 2 3:49 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Loss 18–10 Ed Herman KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz January 17, 2016 2 1:39 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Loss 18–9 Dan Henderson KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 1 0:28 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Loss 18–8 Thales Leites Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 2 3:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
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 Héctor 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 (kimura) 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 (head kick) 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 January 16, 2010 2 1:55 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Won the 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 (slam and 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 Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge 81 July 28, 2007 2 3:00 West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 Oleg Savitsky TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 78 June 9, 2007 1 3:27 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Lewis Pascavage TKO (punches) Reality Fighting 15 May 19, 2007 1 0:20 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Hazim Ibrahim TKO (submission to punches) Extreme Challenge 75 March 23, 2007 1 1:10 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Hazim Ibrahim TKO (punches) Reality Fighting 14 November 18, 2006 1 3:47 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant Reality Fighting Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 1–0 Demian Decorah TKO (submission to punches) Madtown Throwdown 9 October 14, 2006 3 1:27 Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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