By: King Eddie
Today, Brad Tavares enters the UFC's Octagon once again. This time he takes on "The Barbarian", Tim Boetsch. You may remember Boetsch from his battle with Kendall Grove a few years ago in which his wrestling prowess was certainly on display. But will that tactic work against Brad Tavares?
Since leaving Hawaii to pursue his MMA career on the mainland, Brad hasn't exactly been a ghost around here. He maintains his roots on the islands by consistently returning to train with his teammates here in Hawaii. Seen mainly at HQMMA, known for their wrestling, it is pretty safe to say that Brad has what it takes to nullify the strengths of Mr. Boetsch, and take the fight in a totally different direction.
For anyone who claimed that Tavares was a one dimensional fighter, they've clearly never seen his bouts with Phil Baroni, or even his recent tilt with Lorenz Larkin. Larkin, a top rated striker, was quite literally outclassed by Tavares, proving that the "one dimensional" theory is a bust. But which Brad will we see tonight? Brad the wrestler? Brad the striker? Or Brad the world breaker?
I think it's safe to say that no matter which variation of the Hawaii fighter appears in the cage tonight, we will all be cheering him on. With a win over Boetsch, Tavares will re-solidify himself in the top tier of the Middleweight Division. Coming close to earning a title shot before, a win over Boetsch would certainly put him back into contention for contention.