The second bout of the evening is at middleweight and will take place between Tim Boetsch and Rafael Natal. This is the biggest fight of Natal’s 28 fight career. He is a true MMA veteran, but one who hasn’t really left his mark at 21-7-1.
Despite the healthy amount of wins he hasn’t secured many of them over bigger named opponents. His biggest wins have come against the likes of Travis Lutter and Uriah Hall, not exactly marquee names. He has losses to the likes of Tim Kennedy, Ed Herman and Robert Whittaker. 15 of his 28 fights have come in the UFC, yet the casual fan doesn’t even know him.
Much can be said the same of Tim Boetsch, a veteran of 29 MMA fights, 18 of which have been held in the UFC Octogan. Boetsch was on a 3 fight losing streak and fighting to stay in the UFC back in July when he knocked out Josh Samman to stay relevant.
With big wins over Yushin Okami, Kendall Grove, CB Dollaway and Nick Ring, Boetsch has proven he is to be taken seriously. I see him being victorious once again at 205, with a 3rd round knockout over Natal.
Prediction – Boetsch over Natal by 3rd round KO
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