Tim Boetsch knows he has a few more spots to climb in the UFC middleweight rankings before he gets a shot at champion Anderson Silva.
But, Boetsch hopes that “The Spider” is still atop the heap when he does work his way to the No. 1 contender position so that he can be the one to knock Silva off.
Boetsch meets Nick Ring Saturday night in Denver, Colorado at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage. The fight is scheduled to be part of the Spike TV special that serves as the lead-in to the pay-per-view show.
“The Barbarian” made his middleweight debut last May by defeating Kendall Grove at UFC 130. He is currently in his second stint with the UFC, having gone 4-3 in his combined appearances.
“I want me to reign as champion for as long as he can until I get there and then I want to take it from him,” said Boetsch, of beating Silva, on “The Savage Dog Show” for Sherdog radio. “He’s a living legend. I think he wins on reputation alone a lot of times. You see guys go in there against him almost fearful, and that’s no way to go into any fight.”
Boetsch’s comments are very similar to those of former contender Chael Sonnen, who pushed Silva to a fifth round before the champion locked on a submission to defend his title.
“Chael had the perfect game plan, except for the fact that he didn’t do enough damage when he was on top,” Boetsch said. “He had the takedown game perfect. He took him down and controlled him, but fighting isn’t just about control. You have to control your opponent and you have to hurt him. That’s part of the puzzle that Chael missed. I’ve got a pretty solid game plan in my mind right now and I’m only going to get better. I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity.”
Ring, a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter, is 12-0 in his career, including two wins in the UFC over Riki Fukuda and James Head. Boetsch sports a career mark of 13-4.