In front of his home fans, Tim Boetsch defeated Brad Tavares in an incredible comeback at UFC Fight Night 47. After being dominated for the first round and a large portion of the second, Boetsch rallied back to score a huge knockout, with ‘The Barbarian’ being on the verge of his fourth loss in five.
As a result, Boetsch stays in the UFC and will keep his place in the rankings, with his UFC record standing at 9-6. He is 6-3 since dropping down to middleweight, and becomes the first fighter to knock Brad Tavares out. He did so in similar fashion to his win over Yushin Okami at UFC 144, and adds to a highlight reel of fun knockouts.
Prior to the loss, Tavares was 7-2 inside the Octagon, but now goes back to the drawing board after losing two straight.
Here is how the incredible comeback KO went down.
Must-win for the Maine native Boetsch, who has dropped three of his last four after winning four straight at middleweight. His only win in two years was over CB Dollaway, in what many consider one of the biggest robberies in the promotion’s history. Tavares lost his last outing against Yoel Romero, which snapped an impressive five fight winning streak.
Round 1 – Boetsch shoots in for a takedown, well defended by Tavares, who gets Tim against the cage in the clinch and lands some short shots. This is where Tavares will want the fight. Trip attempt by Boetsch, who almost drops Tavares, but well defended. Boetsch shoots in again, and it is defended once again, but Boetsch gets the better of the clinch exchange. Tavares spins Boetsch around and lands some short shots from this position. Short elbow that opens Boetsch up from Tavares. A couple more short elbows by the Hawaiian before he separates. Uppercut by Tavares. That seemed to stun Boetsch, who is backing up. Jab by Tavares, who ducks the counter of Boetsch. Jabs landing for Tavares, and Boetsch’s winging attacks are failing. Boetsch lands a right and has Tavares down, but Brad works his way up and lands a couple of his own. Boetsch has him against the fence but Tavares gets him down, Boetsch working his way up but giving up his back in the clinch. Knees to the head from Tavares now, he’s keeping active in the clinch. Knees to the body now. Boetsch doing nothing from this position and he’s getting overwhelmed by the pressure of Tavares.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Tavares.
Round 2 – Boetsch eats a right before Tavares gets him in the clinch against the cage, short shots landing from this position. Boetsch now has a new cut open from that exchange. Tavares overwhelming again, picking up where he left off. Boetsch lands a right. Nice exchange there, Tavares getting the better. There’s a big speed advantage for Brad. 3 minutes left in the second. Boetsch shoots in and easily defended from Tavares, who spins the clinch around and has Boetsch against the fence. Double underhooks for Tavares, full control over Boetsch. The referee separates them. Tavares gets dropped by a huge left! And a right now! Boetsch gets the finish! Holy moly! Another huge comeback! Just like the Okami win! That was crazy.
Result: Boetsch via TKO (punches) at 3:18 in second round.
The comeback kid does it again. I am stunned. It was looking like Boetsch was heading for a fourth loss in five, and he lands a huge combination to get the victory. Incredible.
Here are the results for the event so far, you can follow the coverage of the full card here.
Tim Boetsch def. Brad Tavares via TKO (punches) at 3:18 in second round.
Alan Jouban def. Seth Baczynski via KO (punch) at 4:23 in first round.
Shawn Jordan def. Jack May via TKO (punches) at 2:03 in third round.
Thiago Tavares def. Robbie Peralta via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27 in first round.
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy via split decision (29-28 x3, 28-29).
Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).