A stacked UFC 148 fight card will be less one major fight come July 7.
A middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch has been shifted off the UFC 148 card and will be moved to a future show.
Sources close to the fight confirmed the move to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. The reason for the shift is unknown at this time.
According to current rumors, the Bisping vs. Boetsch fight could be rescheduled as early as July 21 as part of the UFC 149 fight card in Calgary.
Michael Bisping meets Tim Boetsch in a pivotal match-up in the UFC’s middleweight division with both fighters currently sitting in the top ten.
Most recently, Bisping lost a razor close decision to current No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 in January, while Boetsch had one of the most compelling comebacks in UFC history as he knocked out former title contender Yushin Okami at UFC 144 in February.
With the title fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen being moved to UFC 148, the card had become one of the most stacked in UFC history.
The move of Bisping and Boetsch to a later card could simply be the product of too many great fights on one card, while leaving others somewhat depleted.
As it stands, UFC 148 will already feature two title fights with the previously mentioned Silva vs. Sonnen grudge match, as well as the bantamweight title being up for grabs as Dominick Cruz meets Urijah Faber.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on when the Bisping vs. Boestch fight will take place as it becomes available.