UFC 162 fight card primer: Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch

Get all the details on the fight card for the UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman PPV in our Bloody Elbow primer series. Here, we look at Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch.

This Saturday July 6, the UFC is live in Las Vegas for UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman. In a Middleweight fight, Mark Munoz (12-3 MMA; 7-3 UFC) faces Tim Boetsch (16-5 MMA; 7-4 UFC). This is the second fight on the five fight UFC 162 PPV card. The UFC rankings have Munoz as the #8 contender to the Middleweight title, and Boetsch just below him at #10. UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman airs live on PPV this Saturday July 6, with the main PPV card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.

With a big Middleweight fight in the main event, this is another important fight in the divisional rankings. These are two remarkably similar fighters in a lot of ways. Both Munoz and Boetsch have come very close to title contention, but both are looking to rebound from a loss that dashed those hopes. Both are heavy-handed strikers and powerful wrestlers. The result here will say a lot about each man's future at 185.

How do these two stack up?

Munoz: 35 years old | 6'0" | 71" reach
Boetsch: 32 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach

What have these two done recently?

Munoz: L - Chris Weidman (KO) | W - Chris Leben (TKO) | W - Demian Maia (UD)
Boetsch: L - Costa Philippou (TKO) | W - Hector Lombard (SD) | W - Yushin Okami (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Mark Munoz brings to the cage a great wrestling background, but he's not one of the most successful fighters at bringing his wrestling skills into the cage. What he is good at is working with a lot of real top end talent to help them improve their own wrestling games. Munoz had a great run in 2011 that saw him knocking on Silva's door, but the KO loss to Weidman last summer stopped that run short. This is his first fight after a year long layoff to heal a broken foot that saw him put on a lot of weight, though he has looked shredded this week. We'll see how the time off has impacted him.

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Tim Boetsch had a decent UFC career as a Light Heavyweight, but really started to shine when he made the drop down to Middleweight in 2011. He won 4 straight and, like Munoz, was on the verge of something big when a loss to Costa Philippou stopped him dead in his tracks. That was a tough fight for Boetsch and was his first loss in this division. A very physically strong fighter, Boetsch will have his chance at bouncing back here.

Why should you care?

This is a very interesting fight between two similar fighters. That could result in a great wrestling-centric battle. But, fair warning, it could also result in a Lombard/Boetsch-esque disaster. I don't think it will, but I am prepared.

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