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Boetsch aims for big night in The Big Apple at UFC 205

Lincolnville native, former Windjammer to compete on monumental card
By Staff | Oct 18, 2016

New York, N.Y. — At 35 years old, every fight going forward for Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch will be viewed as the "biggest" of his career.

Thus, the most important fight of Boetsch’s career is on the horizon — in perhaps the most famous venue in the world.

Boetsch (19-10), a 2000 graduate of Camden-Rockport High School, will look to make it two in a row as the Lincolnville native prepares to take on Rafael “Sapo” Natal (21-7-1) at UFC 205, in a middleweight bout slated for Saturday, Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

It is the first time a UFC event will be held in New York. The sport was long banned from the Empire State before the ban was lifted in March, making it the 50th state in the United States to allow and regulate the sport.

Boetsch, a four-time state wrestling champion for then CRHS, is coming off a second-round knockout of Josh “Anqa” Samman at UFC Fight Night 91 on July 13 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Boetsch said his training is "going great."

"I'm feeling strong and very well-conditioned," he said. "I've got two more really hard weeks of training then we sill start to taper off a bit as we roll into fight week in New York."

He added he is "extremely excited" to be fighting at MSG as "It is truly a historic event and quite possibly the biggest card ever in the UFC."

Natal, the 13th-ranked middleweight, is coming off a loss to seventh-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker (17-4).

"My opponent has shown some extreme toughness and is a world class submission artist," he said. "He trains under Renzo Gracie so I know he will be well prepared and be bringing his 'A' game. That being said, I believe this is a great matchup for me and I have faith that my hand will be raised at the end of the fight."

The fight will be one of seven prelim matches on a card headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Conor McGregor (20-3) and Eddie Alvarez (28-4). Alvarez is the light heavyweight champion and McGregor the featherweight champion.

The prelim matches will be aired on Fox Sports One, with the main card available on pay-per-view.

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