Lincolnville native Tim Boetch had his two-fight winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship halted in decisive fashion Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Third-ranked middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, in what he considered a tune-up for a potential title fight against champion Michael Bisping, used a takedown midway through the first period of his scheduled five-round bout against Boetsch to score a first-round submission victory via kimura.

The fight, which was stopped by referee Dan Miragliotta at 3:41 of the five-minute opening round, was the last bout under Boetsch’s current contract with the UFC, and whether he re-signs with that organization or seeks to sign with another promotion such as Bellator MMA or the World Series of Fighting remains to be seen.

The 36-year-old Boetsch, ranked 13th among UFC middleweights entering the fight, is now 20-11 overall, 11-10 for the UFC.

Souza, 37, is now 24-4 overall, 7-1 with the UFC.

Souza took control of the center of the cage at the outset of the fight and landed a front kick to the body and a right-hand strike before Boetsch was able to deny his opponent a takedown bid.

The two then clinched before Souza landed a strike and Boetsch countered with a kick.

Souza then landed a left hand before a countering strike by Boetsch marked his best punch of the fight.

Souza then went for the takedown again and this time the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist took Boetsch to the ground, from where he gained side control and then moved into mount before applying the kimura that forced Boetsch to tap out.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...