After winning his last fight against Brad Tavarez by TKO (punches) at UFC Fight Night – Bader vs. St. Preux, Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch goes into UFC 183 fighting on the main card against Thales Leites.

Holding a professional record of 18-7 and currently being ranked #13 in the middleweight division, Boetsch needs to win a couple fights in a row to get into title contention. The 34 year old from Lincolnville, Maine is no stranger to going on a winning streak in the UFC as he has won four fights in a row twice in his career.

Here are Tim Boetsch’s Keys to Victory at UFC 183:

Show He is the Better Striker:

This is a big one. If Boetsch can show Leites that he is the more polished and powerful striker Saturday night, then Leites could be in for a long night. Making this a stand-up fight could mean that Boetsch, who has eight KO/TKO victories in his career, could get number nine. It could also mean that Leites will want the fight to go to the ground, which Boetsch is comfortable with the fight being there.

Trust His Wrestling:

Tim Boetsch likes to utilize his wrestling ability when he fights and Saturday night should be no different. When you are good at something you should stick to it even if there are other circumstances that could throw you off of your path. One of those obstacles would be the jiu-jitsu talent from Thales Leites, which leads to Boetsch’s third and final key to victory.

Trust His Submission Defense:

Many people will say that Boetsch should not utilize his wrestling because Leites is so talented with his submissions, but that should not get to Boetsch if he wants to come away with a victory Saturday night. Boetsch needs to trust that he can defend the submissions so that he can control the fight if it goes to the ground.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.