If Antonio Carlos Junior keeps this up, he’s going to become a legitimate middleweight contender.
The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 heavyweight winner won his fifth consecutive fight on Saturday and claimed his biggest-name victory to date in the process. A rear-naked choke was enough to finish off veteran Tim Boetsch at UFC on FOX 29. The time of the stoppage at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., was 4:28 of the opening round.
Carlos Junior pushed the action from the outset, moving forward and throwing single jabs and leg kicks. A double leg turned into a takedown that ultimately spelled the end for Boetsch, as Carlos Junior used a big series of right hands to soften the Maine native up and work into position for the choke.
Carlos Junior, a Brazilian by way of American Top Team, improved to 10-2 (1 NC). His fifth rear-naked choke win in the UFC tied him for third-most in UFC history with Michael Cheisa, behind Kenny Florian and Demian Maia, who both have seven.
“I’m glad I had to have a chance to fight a guy like him,” Carlos Junior said. “I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait for the next one.”
Boetsch (21-12) has now dropped two of his past three.