by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Stepping up on short notice is sure to be the calling card for Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight Tim Boetsch, who will again stand in for an injured fighter as he takes on Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night on April 2 in Broomfield, Colo.
Though he is replacing Stephan Bonnar, the Pennsylvania-based fighter is looking forward to having more time to get ready for his return to the Octagon.
“I’m trying to figure out what to do with all the time,” said Boetsch with a laugh about having more time to prepare for this fight than his last time out.
It seems UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has the fighter’s number on speed dial, as this is the second time he will step up for the promotion and Boetsch is fine with that arrangement.
“I’ll be ready to fight whenever and wherever they need me,” he stated. “Somebody gets hurt or drops out, I think my name’s close to the top of the list of people they want to call.”
His reward for such a standout performance over David Heath in his debut, now coupled with his next fight, have yielded the fighter a new deal with the UFC.
“It’s looking like after the performance I put on, it’s looking like a three-fight deal at this point. So you’re going to be seeing more of me with the UFC.”
While he looked devastating on his feet in the fight against Heath, it’s a wrestling background that Boetsch employs. He’s very happy to take the challenge of facing Matt Hamill, another strong wrestler, in April.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight,” Boetsch commented. “It has the makings of being real exciting. He’s a decent wrestler, and he’s not afraid to stand in there and bang, like his fight with (Michael) Bisping. He put on a real good show. He was getting after it most of the time, and I think that will be a real good match-up for me.”