Tim Boetsch looked solid and showed off his incredible strength in a solid unanimous decision win over Nick Ring in a middleweight bout at UFC 135. Ring started out okay, shutting down Boetsch for large portions of the first round while looking for submissions and circling away from danger on the feet. The second was all Boetsch, who finally cut Ring off and landed a barrage of shot that saw Ring hit the canvas. Boetsch also went for a guillotine and a kimura at different points, but couldn't finish it.
The third was dominated by Boetsch as well, with The Barbarian alternating between beating Ring up against the fence and beating him up on the ground. He landed a huge judo throw that really got the crowd into it as well. When the final bell went, it was clear who the victor would be. The bout was the fourth fight on the preliminary portion of the UFC 135 broadcast, and shown live on Spike TV..
What was the high spot of this fight?
The judo throw, without a doubt. Those type of breathtaking throws are exceedingly rare in MMA, and this one was an absolute work of art.
Where do these guys go from here?
Boetsch has looked extremely solid in his first two fights at middleweight, dominating both Kendall Grove and now Ring. He will definitely get another step-up in competition the next time out, and is very close to being ranked in the division. Boetsch vs. Ed Herman sounds like a heck of a good fight to me.
Ring is in a strange spot. He's 2-1 in the UFC and just suffered the first loss of his MMA career, but hasn't looked incredibly impressive in any of his three UFC fights yet. Yes he beat James Head up pretty badly at the end of the fight, but Head was getting the best of him early. And it's clear that he should have lost the decision to Riki Fukuda in his debut. A bout with Kyle Noke might be a solid test.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Later. If you can find a gif or video of the judo throw, go do that right now. But while the bout wasn't bad, it wasn't particularly awesome either and isn't really worth going out of your way for.
More BE coverage of UFC 135 in the full entry.
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UFC 135 Results: Will Rashad Evans Spoil the Jon Jones Era? - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 135 Results: Dana White Expects Matt Hughes to Retire - Mike Fagan
UFC 135 Results: Two Heavyweight Fights On PPV A Big Mistake - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Says Rashad Evans Doesn't Have His Number - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva Isn't Happening - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage Results - Event Doesn't Provide Enough Bang for the Buck - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 135 Results: Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 135 Post-Fight Press Conference Coverage - Tim Burke
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Limping Backstage After Dominating Rampage Jackson - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Forces Rampage Jackson to Tap Out - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Main Card - Bloody Elbow
UFC 135 Results: Josh Koscheck Knocks Out Matt Hughes, Doesn't Retire Him - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Mark Hunt Picks Up A Decision In A Grueling Fight - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Travis Browne Defeats Rob Broughton by Unanimous Decision - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Nate Diaz Forces Takanori Gomi to Tap By Armbar - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Tony Ferguson Breaks Aaron Riley's Jaw In The First - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Tim Boetsch Gives Nick Ring His First Career Loss - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Junior Assuncao Fails to Impress with Win Over Eddie Yagin - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Takeya Mizugaki Ends Cole Escovedo With A Knockout - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: James Te Huna Ends Ricardo Romero's Night By KO - Matthew Roth