Middleweight Tim Boetsch has a match-up with Mark Munoz destined for the PPV portion of UFC 162. However, if things had gone according to plan when he collided with Costa Philippou in December there’s a good chance Boetsch would have been headlining the upcoming card opposite champion Anderson Silva rather than current challenger Chris Weidman.

Boestch entered the fight with Philippou with the momentum of four wins in a row including success against Hector Lombard and Yushin Okami. Though his hard work was laid to waste by the ensuing loss, Boestch knows he can put himself back in a prime position by beating Munoz considering the fickle nature of MMA’s contendership structure.

“He is a great fighter with a strong wrestling pedigree, and he will be a very tough opponent. I am very excited for the fight, and I think it is one that people will be talking about for a while afterwards,” said Boestch in a recent interview with MixedMartialArts.com, telling the outlet Munoz was the first step on his way back to the discussion for a title-shot. “For some reason, I have been bumped out of the Top 10 on most rankings. I want to get back in there and prove that I’m at the top of the food chain.”

“I want to fight them all,” Boestch added on his desire to work his way back up the ladder.

The 16-5 “Barbarian” owes twelve of his wins to some form of stoppage. In addition to the aforementioned victories, his 4-1 mark at middleweight also includes instances of success over Nick Ring and Kendall Grove.