Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boestch Moved Off UFC 148 Fight Card

April 30, 2012
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Michael Bisping vs Tim BoetschA 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.


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  • MaritalArtist

    Not a bad idea. Yeah that fight doesn’t need anymore firewpower. I’d pay $100 just for the main event fight. Regarding boetch, I can’t wait for that fight. Not sure if I can come up with a better top ten fight than that.

  • MaritalArtist

    Not a bad idea. Yeah that fight doesn’t need anymore firewpower. I’d pay $100 just for the main event fight. Regarding boetch, I can’t wait for that fight…. Not sure if I can come up with a better top ten fight than that at MW. I doubt boetch can beat the Brit, but a KO win over a title contender buys you a lot of brownie points with the UFC brass. And what if he does win? Is he then 1 fight away from a title shot?

  • MaritalArtist

    I think if you can beat both okami and bisping, one after the other, in convincing fashion, there shouldn’t be any more stepping stones until the title fight.

    • Darren2112

      marital artist. funny…

  • DrkDisciple

    Good matchup for Bisping who will this fight by knock out!

  • mich1fan

    I dont get the hype behind boetsch. Ya, I know he ended up winning, but he got dominated and embarrassed for the 1st two rounds. It was pretty clear to me and seemed like Okami was just having fun dominating someone, and wanted to prove something after getting smoked by Anderson, so he didn’t go for the finish. Bisping is going to pick this dude apart and it wont be close. Trust me I hate saying cause I dislike him more than any other fighter. Anyone can catch someone with some lucky punches and KO them. I would take Okami 99 times out of 100 to beat boetsch.

  • Towers66

    I love to hate Bisping….but I gotta throw it out there, Boetsch is going to get owned. No doubt about it.

  • MRBARBARYCOAST

    Bisping will win if he plays it safe and boring-otherwise he will get barbarianed