Tim Boetsch took a giant leap up the UFC middleweight pecking order when he defeated former challenge Yushin Okami earlier this year. Now, Boetsch is set to face former Bellator champion Hector Lombard in the co-main event of this Saturday’s UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao card.
The event goes down on pay-per-view from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the main event, Urijah Faber and Renan Barao tangle for the interim UFC bantamweight title.
Boetsch (15-4) was originally set to face Michael Bisping, but “The Count” was knocked out due to knee surgery. That didn’t cause Boetsch to become concerned after he found out the news.
“That’s going to be a tough fight,” Boetsch told his wife, who informed him of the switch, while appearing on MMAjunkie.com Radio recently. “But to be the best, you have to beat everybody.”
Boetsch is 6-3 in his UFC career, including the TKO victory over Okami. He has won three straight and seven of his last eight.
Lombard will be making his UFC debut. The 34-year-old has not lost since a 2006 decision defeat at the hands of Gegard Mousasi.
“This guy comes to fight every time,” Boetsch said.”He’s coming to try and take my head off. I don’t think he’s going to have any jitters at all coming into the UFC.”