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Knee Injury Forces Luke Rockhold Out, Launchpad McQuack in Against Tim Boetsch at UFC 166


(Started from the bottom, now he’s here. Photo via Wrestlezone.)

Some of you might have forgotten about this by now, but TUF 7 finalist CB Dolloway was basically the catalyst that sparked Mayhem Miller‘s downward spiral into insanity. In the lead up to their battle at UFC 146, Miller vowed to retire from the sport if a certain “fart-face” was able to defeat him in their undercard battle. Dollaway did just that, Mayhem was fired thereafter, and less than a month later, Miller was arrested for disrobing and vandalizing a church.

My point? That a loss to Dollaway can do shameful, harmful things to a person. And we’d hate to see Tim Boetsch reduced to such madness should he lose to Dollaway, who will be stepping in against Boetsch on a month’s notice to replace an injured (go figure) Luke Rockhold at UFC 166: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez III.

Honestly, it’s probably the best scenario that Boetsch could ask for. Despite Rockhold’s current UFC record and Dollaway’s current two-fight win streak, it would be hard to argue that Boetsch isn’t receiving a significant step down in competition here.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Dolloway is one of the more highly-decorated wrestlers in the middleweight division (see above), whom Boetsch has struggled against in the past (see his losses to Phil Davis and Mark Munoz). With two losses in his past three contests, a loss to Launchpad McQuack up there could easily see Boetsch’s second UFC tour of duty come to an end.

The two share a common opponent in Munoz, who defeated Dollaway by first round (first minute) KO back at UFC Live 3 and Boetsch by Unanimous decision at UFC 162. So using my advanced powers of MMAth, “The Barbarian” should defeat “The Doberman” by split decision. Any takers?

-J. Jones

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