Tim Boetsch will be entering UFC 208 on the final fight of his UFC contract, he will be fighting Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at the event. Boetsch, who has fought some of the best fighters the UFC has to offer, was surprised he was given the opportunity.
“I was confused, honestly,” Boetsch told MMA Junkie. “I didn’t know why I was getting the call. Apparently, he just wanted to fight, so they found the guy that will fight him. I know there were a lot of other phone calls made, and guys that don’t want to get in the cage with him. He’s dangerous, and I’m sure that factored into their turning the fight down. But I’m happy to be here. I’m happy that he wanted to fight me, and I’m glad for the opportunity, because it’s going to put me right where I want to be when I beat him.”
Boetsch will be entering the fight on a two fight winning streak, having defeated the late Josh Samman and Rafael Natal.
Even though Jacare isn’t the UFC Middleweight Champion, that honor belongs to Michael Bisping, Boetsch feels he’s fighting the best in the division.
“He’s probably the best guy in the division, honestly,” Boetsch said. “He’s feared by a lot of people. If you’re afraid to fight somebody, are you really that tough of a fighter? C’mon.”
UFC 208 takes place on Saturday, February 11 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie headlining.