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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.
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