Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Tim Boetsch celebrates defeating Hector Lombard (not pictured) during the middleweight bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
UFC middleweight contender Tim Boetsch, fresh off his close UFC 149 win over Hector Lombard, was a guest on Inside MMA on AXS TV last night. Predictably, he talked about what could be next for him in the UFC. A broken foot will obviously delay those plans a bit, but here's what he had to say about a possible title shot against Anderson Silva (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"For me, when a guy runs his mouth and there's high expectations, it's part of fighting. I've find that I'm kind of the opposite of that. I wanna perform, and maybe that's why I'm not on the radar, and everybody's not talking about me. But, if I beat enough people, it's gonna be hard to ignore me, and it's gonna be hard to deny me that title shot.
I'm not sure who they're gonna put in front of me, after a win over Hector, after a win over Okami, but whoever they put in front of me, next, I'll get the win. I think I match up great (with Anderson Silva). He struggles with wrestlers, and I'm a wrestler that also can do a lot of damage with my fists and kicks and submissions. I haven't been showing my submission game much, but we'll save that for the world championship. If I need to submit Anderson Silva, I know I can."
It seems pretty unlikely that Boetsch will be looking across at Anderson the next time he gets into the cage. Admitting that he wants to earn a title shot in the cage and not by running his mouth is interesting though, and probably a good idea at this point.