On the back of an injured right hand, an incidental headbutt and a nasty eye poke, Tim Boetsch was ultimately ineffective against Costa Philippou Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Besides an early first-round takedown, Boetch's offensive presence was nearly nonexistent. He was simply unable to utilize his suffocating clinch game and powerful wrestling due mostly to Philippou's elusiveness along the cage and solid boxing.
At this point, besides the injuries that immediately set him back against a fill-in opponent outside of the division's top 10, Boetsch really needs to regroup, re-examine his offensive techniques and come back stronger in 2013.
Here's what's next for "The Barbarian" as he tries to shake off this disappointing defeat.