Tim 'The Barbarian' Boetsch submits to Souza at UFC 208
Brooklyn, N.Y. — Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch knew full well he would have his hands full with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 208 on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Barclays Center.
Not only is Souza ranked third in the middleweight division, but Boetsch took the fight on short notice.
And while the Lincolnville native and 1999 Camden-Rockport High School graduate had won his past two fights, three in a row proved not to be as Souza submitted Boetsch with a kimura lock with 1:17 remaining in the first round.
The fight was one of five on the main card. Boetsch’s match was the lone match on the 10-fight card that did not go the distance.
Souza (24-4) originally was scheduled to fight Luke Rockhold at UFC Fight Night 101 in November after Rockhold suffered an injury. Multiple attempts were made to get Souza another fight, but nothing materialized until Boetsch, currently ranked 14th in the division, got a call from the UFC matchmakers and accepted the fight.
In fact, Boetsch (20-11) gave up a previously-scheduled vacation just to take the fight with Souza.
“I believe Ronaldo Souza is, in fact, that number one contender for the title, but no one wants to fight him,” said Boetsch in January. “I was very surprised to get the call from the UFC matchmaker on this one.”
Boetsch converted 8-of-12 strikes and 6-of-10 significant strikes, while Souza converted 15-of-30 strikes and 7-of-18 significant strikes.
But it was one of Souza’s two takedowns in the fight that proved to be Boetsch’s undoing as Souza cinched in the Kimura lock on Boetsch’s left arm against the cage and made the four-time state Class B high school wrestling champion submit.
In the card’s main event, Germaine de Randamie beat Holly Holm by unanimous decision to win the inaugural women’s featherweight title.
Boetsch’s latest bout against Souza was believed to be the last on his current UFC contract.
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