After stopping the long win-steak of knockout artist Hector Lombard at UFC 149, Tim Boetsch has arguably moved into contender status in the middleweight division. Unfortunately for Boetsch the division is currently heavy in contenders and will likely need to be further refined before Silva returns to the cage. Either way “The Barbarian” believes he has the tools to finish a fight with current middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.

“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.” via AXS.TV

Boetsch is correct, the only exploit in the champs game so far has been wrestling (which he continues to work on). Boetsch does have the background in wrestling and the heavy hands should he catch the chin of Silva. The big question though, can Boetsch deal with Silva’s speed in the octagon?