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Tim Boetsch Looking Forward to Fight on UFC 117

Written on July 31, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Fighting on short notice is a familiar theme to him. Upon learning that his opponent Thiago Silva was injured, Tim Boetsch, though disappointed, looks forward to his fight with newbie Todd Brown.

The news that Silva, ’s opponent on the scheduled on August 7, was injured made somehow sad. He wished everything was of false news.

“I just had my phone blowing up from text messages and messages from everybody saying, ‘Sorry, Thiago dropped out.’ At that point I haven’t even heard about it — slept in real late today — I was pretty confused about all that was going on,” Boetsch told, an hour after learning of Silva’s departure from the Oakland card.

He believed the incident when it was his manager who told him that news is true.

“I was just kind of shocked at first and hoping that it was just a rumor and that it wasn’t going to be true that Thiago was pulling out,” Boetsch said. “Then I just talked to my manager and he said that was the case.”

The fighter was deeply upset, disappointment crept upon him. He was somehow relieved to know that is looking for an opponent to replace Thiago. This brought relief for he trained so hard for this game.

Boetsch has proven his ability for the past year winning three consecutive regional fights for a return bid to UFC. In 11 days, Boetsch will meet UFC newbie who is just out of the Bulldog Fight Team in Osceola, Ind.

As of the conversation with, Boetsch wasn’t certain about , but he was preparing for the fight. After he had read the articles on online his outlook about his new opponent had changed.

“First thing I was disappointed and then hoping just that I would get a fight,” Boetsch said. “Now I’m excited that Todd is stepping up to take the fight. I’m very appreciative he’s doing that and now I’m just looking forward to fighting him.”

By having his opponent replaced, tables are turned to Boetsch. He had put his name on history by substituting-in a 2007 IFL fight against Vladimir Matyushenko and in his next fight made him a debut success to UFC by beating down David Heath in UFC 81 in 10 days notice.

Fighting on short notice has been a common theme.

“It’s kind of an interesting thing to think about,” Boetsch said. “Cause I kind of know some of the mentality being the guy that’s called on short notice and just kind of know the things that go through your head. If you’re able to deal with some of the stressors or outside factors of a short-fight notice deal. It can be stressful and hard to deal with for some people. I’ve been fortunate I don’t let those things bother me and that I can take fights on short notice. And I hope that’s the case for Todd. I hope he comes out ready to come out ready to put on a good show because from the preparations I’ve been doing I plan on putting on a good show.”

“The way I’ve been looking at all my fights, with the past three fights I’ve had, I kind of think that every fight I have is the most important fight in my life at that point,” he said. “Even though the opponent has changed, this is still a very important fight for me, it’s very critical that I win and do it in a dominant fashion.”

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