While Boetsch fought an impressive three round affair, Ferguson forced a stoppage in one round of action.
Tony Ferguson vs. Aaron Riley
Ferguson and Riley started out intense and tried to land power shots early in the fight. Both fighters traded off blows with Ferguson landing punches and Riley landing several kicks. The TUF 13 winner landed an uppercut that shook Riley and Ferguson pushed forward to try and finish. Riley recovered a bit, but Ferguson remained the aggressor and bloodied up his foe’s mouth. The round ended with Riley’s mouth full of blood.
During the break between rounds, Riley advised his corner that his jaw was broken and the referee stopped the bout, giving Ferguson the win by technical knockout.
Though he won by TKO, Ferguson wishes he could have done a little bit more work for the Denver crowd.
“I wish I could given the crowd a better show,” Ferguson said during his post fight interview with Joe Rogan. “I wish it went a little bit further.”
Nick Ring vs. Tim Boetsch
Both these middleweights started out slow early on. Boetsch came forward and controlled the fight prior to attempting a front kick that was caught by Ring. Boetsch fell back and Ring pursued, then held a front headlock for nearly a minute before returning to the feet. Neither fighter landed a clean shot at this point, and Ring spent most of the time backpedaling towards the final minute of the round. Boetsch landed a good uppercut in the final 20 seconds, and the opening frame ended with him edging Ring.
The second round had Boetsch as the aggressor, again, and Ring continued to move back. Boetsch landed a clean right hand that dropped his opponent, but the former TUF 11 cast member went right back to his feet and in the clinch. Later, Boetsch pulled a guillotine choke, but couldn’t finish, and Ring started to work from guard. They returned to the feet and Boetsch landed some punches while there. Boetsch then executed a pretty trip takedown and went for a kimura, but the round ended just as he sunk it in.
The aggressor role continued to be played by Boetsch in the third round. He looked to finish with a power shot, but couldn’t find it early. Halfway through the final round, Boetsch executed another trip takedown and ended up in Ring’s guard. Referee Mario Yamasaki stood the fighters up for inaction, but it didn’t stay there long because Boetsch did a beautiful hip toss and worked from top position for the remainder of the fight.
The judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 for Boetsch, as he tripped and tossed Ring on his way to a win.
Boetsch is now 2-0 since dropping down to 185-pounds and shared his affection for his new weight class during his post fight interview with Joe Rogan in saying, “I’m loving middleweight so far.”