UFC Middleweight contender Tim Boetsch is currently ranked #4 in the division in the Bloody Elbow MMA Meta-Rankings but he's seemingly no closer than ever to a title shot despite beating the formidable Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard in back-to-back bouts.
Boetsch spoke to MMA Weekly about his predicament and how he plans to resolve it:
"For me that gets frustrating. Just because I'm one of those guys who isn't very vocal about calling people out and saying I deserve such and such an opponent. Michael (Bisping)‘s very good at that and he's made a career out of it, there are talks of him getting a title shot maybe before even I do, so he's done a good job of promoting himself and that's one way of doing it.
"I think the better way to do it, or the way I prefer to do it, is to step in the cage and beat people up, and eventually they're going to have to give me a title shot because I'm going to run out of people to beat up. That's how I plan on doing it."
Boetsch had been scheduled to face surging contender Chris Weidman at UFC 155 in a fight that would almost certainly have been a #1 contender's bout. Instead he'll face the tough-but-unheralded Constantinos Philippou at UFC 155 this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Also on the card will be Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami and it seems very likely that if Boetsch gets past Phlippou and Belcher beats Okami that Boetsch and Belcher will meet in a fight that may be for a title shot.