UFC 135 Results: Is Tim Boetsch a Threat at Middleweight?

Andrew BarrCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2011

Tim Boetsch has just defeated Nick Ring via unanimous decision, improving Boetsch's record to 2-0 in the middleweight division.

Boetsch looked good against Ring, using his smothering style and size advantage to control most of the fight and earn himself a decision victory.

This was a big win for Boetsch and he's clearly made the right move in dropping to 185 lbs, but how much potential does he really have?

Can Tim Boetsch be a legitimate threat in the middleweight division?

Sadly, no.

Boetsch has the size and skills to possibly be a gatekeeper at 185 lbs, but that's where his potential maxes out; he's just not good enough in any one area to compete with the best in the division.

Boetsch's game is using his grappling to control and smother his opponents and there's too many elite grapplers near the top of the division that could beat Boetsch at his own game.

Guys like Chael Sonnen, Yushin Okami and Mark Munoz would all be able to plant Boetsch on his back and, if you take a look at Boetch's record, all of his losses have come to fighters who were able to take him to the ground.

Even against top-level opponents who Boetsch matches up well with, stylistically, he likely wouldn't stand much of a chance.

His takedowns aren't particularly dominant and he's a little bit slow, so most of middleweight's top strikers would likely be able to avoid his grappling using their footwork.

At just 30 years old, Boetsch still has time to improve, but he would need to improve drastically in order to compete with the division's best.

Boetsch has some bright days ahead of him in the middleweight division, but he'll never make it into title contention.

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