The expectation prior to this fight was that fast rising light-heavyweight contender Phil Davis would prove to be too much for Tim Boetsch to handle, and that indeed proved to be the case.
In round one Davis showed his improved stand-up, in particular his kicks which he threw with regularity to the legs and mid-section of his opponent. Boetsch appeared happy to stand and trade throw though. Unfortunately for him when Davis decided to take the fight to the floor he did so with relative ease. From their Davis was in complete control and landed some punishing blows to the body from half guard.
In the second Davis looked to clinch with Boetsch, and after having to work hard for it finally got him down to the mat once more. From their Davis showed his creativity by going for a kimura from top control, then cranking it behind his back and locking it in with an unusual grip that left even BJJ practitioner Joe Rogan a little baffled. Unorthadox though it may have been it proved effective, causing ‘The Barbarian’ to to tap vigorously.
There’s starting to be a build-up in hype for Davis and on the strength of this performance it’s justified. He’s now gone 4-0 in the UFC in the space of just 10 months – impressive stuff. The scary thing for the rest of the division is that he’s clearly still learning and improving with every fight.