Brad Tavares Hopes Tim Boetsch Comes to Fight at UFC Fight Night 47
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.12.2014
He doesn't want Boetsch to lay-and-pray...
MMAjunkie recently spoke with UFC middleweight fighter Brad Tavares about his upcoming bout with Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 47 next month. The fight card is set for August 16 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. Below are some highlights:
Tavares on hoping Boetsch won't lay-and-pay him for the fight: "I'm hoping he doesn't just lay-and-pray, wall-and-stall and try to hump my leg. I hope he comes to fight, but I'm ready for him to come in and try to squeak out a win."
Tavares on his mistakes in his fight against Yoel Romero: "I made a bunch of little mistakes in the fight. I'm over it. I'm not one of those guys that dwells on it. If you dwell on the past, you'll never move forward. I'm looking forward to the future, to my next fight. You win, you lose in this sport. It's something that comes with the territory."
Tavares on how he feels like he allowed Romero to look better in the fight: "I've never felt there was a fight where I needed to do again or get back, but that was one of them that I do. Not to take nothing away from the man, he's an excellent fighter and that night he was the better man, but I feel like I allowed him to look a lot better than he actually is. Down the line I'm sure we'll meet again. More than anything that fight made me hungry. Having that loss, it gave me something to work toward now. It put a bad taste in my mouth and it kind of pisses me off. I'm hungry now. I can't wait for this fight. I want to go out there and smash this guy."
Tavares on the challenge Boetsch poses: "Obviously his wrestling is his go-to. He's shown in the past fights where he came in barraging, clinching up, taking guys down or just holding them in the clinch. He has won fights that way. His back is against the wall. He really needs a win. I think he'll come out there and do whatever it takes to get the win. Hopefully he wants to fight and make it exciting, but if not I'll be ready for it."