Tim “The Barbarbian” Boetsch, at 37 years old, is undoubtedly an elder statesman when it comes to the world of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).

And, in winning three of his last four fights, has used that veteran knowledge to climb his way up the ladder in the middleweight division and back to ranked status at 13th overall.

But, the UFC is a young man’s sport, as the 1999 Camden-Rockport High School and four-time state wrestling champion for the Windjammers found out the hard way on Saturday, April 14 at the Gila River Arena against Antonio Carlos Junior.

Carlos Junior (11-2) got Boetsch to the mat late in the first round and submitted the Lincolnville native at the 4:28-mark for his 11th overall victory and fifth straight triumph.

For Boetsch (21-12), it was his second loss in his last three fights, both of which came by submission.

Boetsch connected on 13-of-24 strikes (55 percent) and 7-of-18 on significant strikes (38 percent), while Carlos Junior connected on 35-of-52 total strikes and 31-of-48 significant strikes (65 percent).

Carlos Junior is nine years younger and had a five-inch reach over Boetsch, and used both to his advantage in Saturday’s fight.

The reach of Carlos Junior made it difficult for Boetsch to get close enough to attack.

Boetsch went for a front kick midway through the round that was blocked by Carlos Junior as the two brought the action up against the side of the cage.

Both traded shots from close range before Carlos Junior got underneath and executed a double-leg takedown and slammed Boetsch to the mat on his hip.

Carlos Junior then went to work on Boetsch using a ground-and-pound style which, ultimately, softened “The Barbarian” enough to allow Carlos Junior to cinch in the rear-naked choke.

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