Brad Tavares wants to make it clear to his next opponent, Tim Boetsch, if we are going to fight, then let’s fight.

“I think he’ll try to grind me out,” he told MMAjunkie Radio. “So Tim Boetsch, if you’re listening to this or somebody relays it to you, if you want to actually fight, let’s fight.”

“I feel like since I’ve gotten to the UFC, I’ve been fighting a bunch of tough guys, and it’s no joke to me to get to the UFC and stay in the UFC,” he said.

“I’ve been watching Boetsch for years. He fought a personal friend of mind in Kendall (Grove), and he beat Kendall. But he’s been on my radar. I’ve asked for this fight before and haven’t gotten it. But I got it now, and I’m ready for it.”

Tim Boetsch has seven knockouts, five submissions and five wins by decision. He is 1-3 in his last four fights.

He lost to Costas Philippou via TKO at UFC 155 – Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2 on Dec / 29 / 2012 and then to Mark Munoz via unanimous decision at UFC 162 – Silva vs. Weidman on Jul / 06 / 2013. He beat C.B. Dollaway via split decision at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013, but lost his next fight against Luke Rockhold via submission at UFC 172 – Jones vs. Teixeira on Apr / 26 / 2014.

Brad Tavares has four knockouts, two submissions and six victories coming from decision. He won his last 3-1 in his last four fights.

He beat Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 8 – Silva vs. Stann on Mar / 03 / 2013, Bubba McDaniel via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Condit vs. Kampmann 2 on Aug / 28 / 2013 and then Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Rockhold vs. Philippou on Jan / 15 / 2014. However, in his next fight he lost to Yoel Romero via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 11 – Werdum vs. Browne on Apr / 19 / 2014.

The headlined fight is Ryan Bader vs. Ovince Saint Preux.

UFC Fight Night 47 takes place Aug. 16 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. The event will air on Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1. Tickets for the event currently are on sale.