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Tim Boetsch licking his chops at chance to put away ex-champ in hostile territory

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Hard-hitting middleweight Tim Boetsch has never backed down from a challenge, and when he was offered a shot at former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, “The Barbarian” said he absolutely jumped on the opportunity.

“I was really excited,” Boetsch told MMAjunkie. “I knew Johny was moving up in weight class, and any time you get to fight a former world champ, me personally, I like to jump all over that opportunity. So here we are, and right in his backyard, so it’s going to be a great fight.”

Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) and Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) meet in the co-main event of Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event, which takes place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Hendricks now lives in Texas but was born in Ada, Okla., just 80 miles from Oklahoma City. He was also a former collegiate wrestling national champion at the nearby Oklahoma State University, so the crowd will certainly be on his side.

Boetsch is undeterred.

“I know the fans are going to be awesome – probably a lot of them will be rooting for Johny, but that’s OK,” Boetsch said. “I’ve been in hostile territory before, and it’s turned out alright for me, so I’m excited.”

More than anything, the fight might serve as an evaluation of what Hendricks can accomplish at middleweight. He swears he’s done with cutting to 170 pounds, but his 5-foot-9 frame could be outsized at 185.

Both men are known for their heavy hands, and Boetsch insists he’s not taking the former welterweight lightly – but is expected one heck of a scrap.

“It’s going to be a great fight, and matchup-wise, I think it’s going to be very exciting for everyone involved,” Boetsch said.

To hear more from Boetsch, check out his complete media scrum from Friday’s open workout session in the video above. Or check out his workout in the video below.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

 

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Johny Hendricks not concerned about slugging it out with heavy hitter Tim Boetsch

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks knows he’s going to be facing some monsters in the middleweight division if he hopes to continue moving up the ranks. He believes his bout with Tim Boetsch will show how he intends to handle them.

“I’m pretty excited,” Hendricks told MMAjunkie. “He is a big guy, but I think speed is going to be the dictator of this. I think that’s really what’s going to sort of help me in the 185-division, is my speed.”

Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) and Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) meet in the co-main event of Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event, which takes place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Hendricks does own eight knockouts among his 18 career wins, including memorable highlight-reel finishes of guys like Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann and T.J. Waldburger. But as Hendricks struggled to make weight late in his 170-pound run, his power seemed to fail.

That would seem to be a big concern as he moves up to middleweight and faces Boetsch, a true knockout artist in his own right. But Hendricks believes he’s far healthier now that he’s not depleting himself and will be able to silence some doubters on Sunday night.

“I do have heavy hands,” Hendricks said. “I can get stronger now that I’m moving up in weight, and so now, that’s really all my mindset is – is getting a little bit stronger, getting more accurate, start using the speed and power.”

It could be a recipe for disaster – or it could show the world that Hendricks is a force to be reckoned with in his new division. As “Bigg Rigg” explains it, he enjoys beating fighters at their strength – and that would mean going toe-to-toe with “The Barbarian.”

“I’ve never backed down,” Hendricks said.

To hear more from Hendricks, check out his complete media scrum from Friday’s open workout session in the video above. Or check out his workout – and fan Q&A session – in the video below.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City

We want your predictions for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event in Oklahoma City.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 112 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 112 takes place Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee

Records: Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) vs. Kevin Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC)
Past five: Chiesa 4-1, Lee 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Chiesa No. 9, Lee honorable mention
Odds (as of 6/19/17): Lee -125, Chiesa -105

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Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks

Records: Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) vs. Johny Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC)
Past five: Boetsch 2-3, Hendricks 2-3
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): Hendricks -225, Boetsch +175

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Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish

Records: Felice Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Justine Kish (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Herrig 3-2, Kish 5-0
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes

Records: Joachim Christensen (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Christensen 3-2, Reyes 5-0
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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Alex Garcia vs. Tim Means

Records: Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Tim Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC)
Past five: Garcia 3-2, Means 3-2
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver

Records: B.J. Penn (16-11-2 MMA, 12-10-2 UFC) vs. Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC)
Past five: Penn 0-4-1, Siver 2-3
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 6/19/17): N/A

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brendan Schaub, Johny Hendricks, Dan Tom

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brendan Schaub, Johny Hendricks and Dan Tom.

Retired UFC fighter Schaub is host of “The Fighter & The Kid” podcast. Hendricks fights Tim Boetsch on June 25 at UFC Fight Night 112. MMA analyst Tom is our in-studio guest host.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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