Photo of Tim Boetsch via MMA Weekly.
Just days after putting Michael Bisping "on his agenda," Boetsch is already calling for a championship fight against reigning division kingpin Anderson Silva, who is expected to put his strap on the line (again) against Chael Sonnen this June in Brazil.
So what qualifies "The Barbarian" for this level of title talk?
Probably last month's improbable comeback against Yushin Okami at UFC 144 in Japan. It was a fight that saw the former light heavyweight absorb two rounds of brutal punishment before uncorking a trio of violent uppercuts to finish the Japanese juggernaut.
Boetsch makes his case for a "Spider" fight (via Sherdog.com) after the jump.
"Chael showed a strong wrestler does well against him. The only thing that Chael failed to do was damage Anderson throughout the fight, and that’s kind of my specialty. I will deliver a high amount of damage from start to finish, and that would make a huge difference in the outcome of the fight. A lot of fighters out there are (scared). They think of him as an invincible superhero. If you’re thinking that way about your opponent, you’ve already lost. I think that’s what happens to a lot of guys. They lose that fight before they even get in the cage with him. I want Anderson to hold onto that belt until I get there. He is obviously a legend in the sport already. That being said, everybody has to lose eventually and I want to be the guy to take that belt from him. That’s been a dream of mine for a long time."
Boetsch has now won three straight as a 185-pounder, and his finish over Okami, a former division number one contender, surely puts him in line for bigger and better things.
But big enough for a shot at the title?
What's the consensus here Maniacs, how many wins does "The Barbarian" need before he can start asking for a crack at the crown? And how impressive does he need to look in the process?