Boetsch landed first with a leg kick that invited a head kick counter from Davis. They traded more leg kicks. Boetsch fired some punches, took some leg kicks then caught a kick and tried to sweep Davis. Boetsch shot in for a single leg then clipped Davis on the back of the head on the break. Davis then caught him with double underhooks and slammed Boetsch to the ground. Davis landed in half guard. Davis punched to the body and worked rights to the head as well. Then the elbows began to land. Boetsch got to full guard but Davis quickly got back to half guard and began the barrage of strikes again. Boetsch stood up but Davis clinched immediately and landed a series of knees.
Boetsch landed a left to open the second. Davis pushed him against the cage and locked on the double underhooks. Boetsch escaped to a neutral over-under position and landed a knee to the body. Davis got a double leg but gave up his neck and Boetsch went for a guillotine. Davis escaped quickly and immediately went for a kimura. Davis then changed it to a seat belt, using just one arm to crank the shoulder. Then he locked both hands together and Boetsch was forced to tap.
Davis came into this fight riding a wave of hype behooving a 7-0 (3-0 UFC) MMA record and a 2008 NCAA Divison 1 national championship in wrestling.
This is Boetsch's second stint in the UFC. He went 2-2 in the promotion from 2008-2009 before being cut. Then he reeled off three wins in smaller promotions before returning to the bigs and beating Todd Brown via unanimous decision at UFC 117.