The UFC has a social worker on board. It’s Tim Boetsch, the light heavyweight champion who won the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award. The award will be announced on November 20th during UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Minnesota. Tim Boetsch, prior to his career in mixed martial arts, graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He worked as a social worker helping youth with behavioral issues.
Fans voted for the winner online and now Boetsch will receive a check for $1000 to be given to the charity of his choice and a commemorative plaque.
He will walk out on the Octagontm to fight Phil Davis on UFC 123.
In a recent interview, Tim Boetsch said that he brings a different take on fighting than Phil Davis although both of them come from a wrestling background. “I don’t mind going against a guy who is undefeated.”
The light heavyweight will contend against Davis who has an 83% striking defense and is the takedown defense expert of the UFC at 100%. The Harrisburg, PA native and Penn State NCAA Wrestling champion knows that Tim Boetsch is a tough opponent.
“He is someone that I will have to be prepared to go three rounds with; he’s not a quitter or an easy fighter to finish whatsoever,” he said on the UFC website.
But Tim Boetsch, a Maine native, is prepared for Phil Davis to use the crane kick and the guillotine against him. “I like surprising people,” he said with a smile when discussing how he will beat “Mr. Wonderful”. Tim Boetsch surprise is usually a punch combination with an uppercut. His striking defense averages at 63% and his takedown defense at 50%. At the end, he has heart which is what he will show on the Octagon.
He also knows what to expect from the fight.
“I am sure he has watched the Brilz fight, where I was taken down and held there for the majority of the fight. I am sure he will try to do the same type of thing to me.”
We will find out on November 20th. But regardless, Tim Boetsch has already won the hearts of fans since he will receive the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award.