Ultimate Fighting Championship

Boetsch wrecks 'Big Rigg' Hendricks in knockout at UFC Fight Night

Lincolnville native collects third win in past four fights
By Mark Haskell | Jun 27, 2017
Courtesy of: VStv Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch.

Oklahoma City, Okla. — Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch likely was considered an underdog against Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday, June 25 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

And, seemingly, that is just the way Boetsch liked it.

Squaring off against Hendricks — the former UFC welterweight champion — Boetsch connected with a right kick to the side of Hendricks’ head and pounced from there as the referee called the fight at the 4:14-mark of the second round, to give “The Barbarian” the TKO (technical knockout) victory.

For Boetsch (21-11), a 1999 Camden-Rockport High School graduate and four-time state Class B wrestling champion, it was his third win in the past four fights and the second time in his career he has nabbed "Performance of the Night" honors.

The last time Boetsch did that, he knocked out Brad Tavares at UFC Fight Night 47 on Aug. 16, 2014 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. "Performance of the Night" honors carries a $50,000 bonus.

Boetsch connected on 42 of 69 total strikes (61 percent) and 41-of-68 significant strikes (61 percent), while Hendricks landed 10-of-45 total strikes (22 percent).

Boetsch said he was “very excited about finishing the former champion.”

“I knew exactly what needed to be done and to make it happen and [trainer] Marcus [Davis] and I trained very hard to make sure I could execute the plan on fight night,” he said. “The key was not letting him land his left hand and not let him get set up to close the distance. I used a lot of kicks to disrupt his timing and to set up the high kick, which led to the finish of the fight.”

Hendricks (18-7) won the UFC welterweight championship in 2014, but since that time, has dropped five of his last seven fights — and has also missed weight in three of his last four fights, including Sunday’s loss to Boetsch.

Middleweight fighters must by no more than 185 pounds, while Hendricks was 188 for Sunday’s fight, which was his second career fight in the middleweight division. He also missed weight in his last two welterweight fights — which is 170 pounds — in 2016.

After Boetsch delivered the kick that sent Hendricks reeling back toward the cage and down to one knee, “The Barbarian” pounced with a series of close-range strikes and uppercuts before the referee stopped the fight.

The 36-year-old Boetsch said he is “not sure what is next” and is “looking forward to taking a little bit [of time] off and relaxing the rest of the summer.”

“Hard work definitely pays off,” he said. “Being able to go in and finish Johny the way I did felt great and to get the PON bonus was the icing on the cake.”

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Mark Haskell
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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