As he makes the final preparations for his fight on Saturday night at UFC 96, UFC light-heavyweight Tim Boetsch sees no reason to go easy on anybody, especially his highly touted opponent Jason Brilz who has been on a tear lately, brutalizing his foes while compiling an impressive 16-1-1 MMA record.
Even with the laundry list of superstars that compete in the UFC's stacked light-heavyweight division, fighters aren't exactly lining up to fight Brilz. Brilz, who was a four-year letterman wrestling at the University of Nebraska and is a fireman from Omaha, Nebraska, bludgeoned Australian fighter Brad Morris en route to a second round TKO victory in his UFC debut last September in his hometown of Omaha.
Fighting a dangerous fighter with the lack of a superstar name is seen as one of the most daunting and vexing scenarios for a fighter who is trying to establish themself in mixed martial art's premier organization. However, Boetsch is no ordinary fighter and jumped at the opportunity.
"They say you have a monster here. They say your lands are cursed," Boetsch told UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. Silva impressed with Boetsch's courage replied, "There have been many brave men that have come, but in the morning there was nothing left but blood on the floor...and the walls." Boetsch replied without hesitation, "I am Tim Boetsch. I will kill your monster."
Boetsch stormed into the UFC in February of 2008 at UFC 81 with a vengeance by unleashing one of the most devastating dude-whalings ever witnessed inside the Octagon. David Heath was the unfortunate victim of the assault and the aftermath of the first round TKO stoppage cemented Boetsch's place within the organization, especially considering he took the fight on short notice as a last minute replacement.
"He was given 10 days to prepare for Heath and he ripped the monster apart with his bare hands, then threw him on his head like a sack of potatoes," exclaimed Boetsch's ex-college roommate and UFC heavyweight, Mike Ciesnolevicz.
After filling in as a last minute replacement for a third consecutive fight (dating back to a fight he took against Vladimir Matyushenko in the IFL on three days notice), Boetsch dropped a fight in the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains to Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 13 last April. Not one to be deterred in his quest for greatness, Boetsch would come back twice as strong.
More significantly, for the first time in four fights, Boetsch did not enter his bout as a last minute replacement in his latest outing at UFC 88 in September. Given adequate time to prepare, Boetsch annihilated submission specialist Michael Patt via TKO in the first round. Thus, sending a personal message to his detractors and the rest of the UFC light-heavyweight division.
After his fight at UFC 88, when media dared to ask about his thoughts on the outcome, Boetsch elaborated quite eloquently, "How many monsters must I slay? Monster's mother, father, Monster's uncle? Must I hack down a whole family tree of demons?"
Now he is primed for his next challenge on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio at UFC 96, against the monster from the Cornhusker State known as Jason Brilz. While making the last adjustments for this bout, Boetsch again was not hesitant in sharing his final thoughts before the fight, "I am Ripper... Tearer... Slasher... Gouger. I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night. Mine is Strength... and Lust... and Power! I AM TIM BOETSCH!"