Tim Boetsch on Johny Hendricks' 'unprofessional' weight miss: 'Maybe he was taking me lightly'

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OKLAHOMA CITY – For UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch, what many considered an upset win was a mere realization of the exact scenario that he had visualized.

Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC) dispatched former 170-pound champion Johnny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) in the second round of Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 co-headliner. While Boetsch’s hands sealed the deal, a massive head-kick spelled the beginning of the end.

Boetsch is excited to add a a former titleholder to his list of victims. But that’s not his main reason to celebrate Sunday’s triumph.

“To be honest, I’m more excited that I went in there and executed the game plan exactly how we had envisioned it,” Boetsch said after the FS1-televised event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. “And I actually thought that we’d get the opportunity to throw that head kick in Round 2. I didn’t know exactly when, but I saw the opportunity early. There it was.”

Boetsch said he saw basically what he was expecting from Hendricks: a fighter who’s “heavy on the lead leg” with, of course, some serious power in his left hand. The plan to counter that, Boetsch explained, was to chop the front leg and set up the fight-finishing kick with the teep to the body.

“It works perfectly against southpaws,” Boetsch said. “As you see, there’s the result: head-kick knockout.”

Of course, not everything went exactly as planned. What was supposed to be a 185-pound bout became a catchweight when Hendricks, who’d repeatedly failed to make the 170-pound limit of the division he once ruled, missed the middleweight limit as well.

Boetsch, who had performed at heavier divisions, had no major issue with accommodating Hendricks’ miss – and he got 20 percent of his purse in return. But the respect he holds for Hendricks’ ex-champ credentials doesn’t mean he gets a full pass for his “very unprofessional” move.

“We joked about that in camp; somebody said, ‘What are the chances of him missing weight at this one?’” Boetsch said. “I said, ‘I don’t really care if he does.’ I jokingly said that he might, and then Marcus (Davis) came to me the morning of the weigh-ins and said he was going to miss, and not even attempt it.

“We still had a couple of hours, or an hour and a half left at that point. So I’m like, ‘All right, I guess we’ll see how this goes.’ If he’s not willing to cut a couple extra pounds, (it) kind of speaks to his professionalism.”

Boetsch said that his camp had been following a bit of Hendricks’ camp online, and had found that the ex-champ was weighing in at 189 pounds after practice. Which makes him think about the reasons for the miss.

“I don’t see any reason why he didn’t make the weight, other than just he lack of discipline,” Boetsch said. “Maybe he was taking me lightly. I don’t know. But anybody who does that should probably rethink it.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 video highlights: Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks

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Unfortunately for Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC), he was on the business end of a fight-changing head kick, as Tim Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC) rocked Hendricks with the kick and put him away with follow-up punches to get the TKO win 46 seconds into Round 2.

The catchweight bout (Hendricks missed the middleweight limit) was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

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UFC Fight Night 112 bonuses: Controversy in main event, but Kevin Lee still gets $50,000

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jeremy Kimball, Dominick Reyes, Tim Boetsch, Kevin Lee each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event.

All four fighters earned “Performance of the Night” honors; no “Fight of the Night” was given.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Kimball (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) took out Josh Stansbury (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in the first fight of the night in their light heavyweight bout.

On the main card, Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had a flawless UFC debut when he stopped Joachim Christensen (14-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) in the first round. Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC) took out Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) with a second-round TKO. And in the main event, Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) got past Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-23 UFC) – but with a little help from referee Mario Yamasaki

UFC Fight Night 112 took place Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Head kick jump-starts Tim Boetsch's TKO of Johny Hendricks

In a fight between former wrestlers Tim Boetsch and Johny Hendricks, it was a head kick that made all the difference.

Unfortunately for Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC), he was on the business end of that kick, as Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC) rocked Hendricks with the kick early in the second and put him away with follow-up punches to get the TKO win 46 seconds into Round 2.

The catchweight bout (Hendricks missed the middleweight limit) was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Boetsch was the busier fighter early on, peppering Hendricks with short punches and kicks to the legs and body in the opening round, while Hendricks followed him around looking to land his signature left hand.

Early in the second, that’s when Boetsch caught Hendricks by surprise with a right leg head kick. The blow sent Hendricks reeling toward the fence, and a looping Boetsch right hand seemed to graze his skull just enough to put Hendricks down on one knee.

Hendricks would get up just as Boetsch came in for the finish, but he couldn’t do much more than cover up as Boetsch hammered him with heavy uppercuts until Hendricks collapsed. At that point, referee Kevin MacDonald had no choice but the step in and wave it off, giving Boetsch the TKO win less than a minute into the second frame.

The win is Boetsch’s first since his submission loss to Renato Souza earlier this year. Hendricks has now lost four of his last five, missing weight for three of his last four.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Oklahoma City.)

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Twitter reacts to Tim Boetch's TKO win over Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 112

Tim Boetsch has had a knack for playing spoiler throughout his UFC career. He did it again on Sunday when he derailed the middleweight revival of Johny Hendricks in the UFC Fight Night 112 co-headliner.

Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC), a former light heavyweight, was too much for the former welterweight champ Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC), and it led to a second-round TKO victory in the FS1-televised contest at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. Early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Boetsch’s victory over Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 112.

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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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