“The Barbarian” has been on a three fight winstreak in the UFC as of late, taking out fighters Kendall Grove, Nick Ring and Yushin Okami. After losing his originally planned bout against Michael Bisping (due to injury), Boetsch received former Bellator champ, Hector Lombard. Due to Lombard’s extensive winstreak that dates back to 2007, Lombard has been said to possibly receive a title shot with one win in the organization. Boestch hopes those sentiments stand for the man who stops the hard-hitting Cuban.
“My opponent’s popularity doesn’t concern me at all,” Boetsch said about Lombard, who had been scheduled to fight Brian Stann before he went down with a shoulder injury. “I think an interesting fact is how highly regarded Hector is by the UFC. Dana White had said himself that Hector would get a title shot if he had gone in and defeated Stann handily. I hope he gives me the same shot when I take Hector out.”
Not known for trash talking , Boetsch surprisingly took verbal shots at his former opponent Bisping by insinuating that he runs around the cage.
“It certainly changes the dynamic of the fight,” the 31 year-old fighter noted. “I won’t have to bring my running shoes to catch Hector that’s for darn sure. He’s going to bring the fight to me. It changes a lot about the fight.”
“Hector is obviously a very powerful fighter,” Boetsch furthered about the former Olympic Judoka, who is coming off a second round stoppage of Trevor Prangley in November. “He’s got heavy hands and definitely likes to finish his opponents. In Bellator, he was certainly quite a bully in the weight class, was able to impose his will on everybody. He would basically walk people down and hit them hard…that lends well to my fighting style. I’m more than happy to meet him in the middle of the Octagon and see what shakes”