Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch Confirmed for UFC 149

May 3, 2012
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Michael Bisping vs Tim BoetschThe official UFC 148 fight card was released earlier this week with one notable absence: the middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch.

The bout was removed from the UFC 148 event in Las Vegas, and has now been added to the UFC 149 fight card on July 21 in Calgary, UFC officials confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.

The UFC recently had to shuffle the deck, moving the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch from UFC 147 in Brazil to UFC 148 in Las Vegas. Along with the Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber bantamweight title fight, that put two championship bouts on the UFC 148 card.

With that even suddenly top-heavy, Bisping and Boetsch were moved to the UFC 149 fight card in support of the featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Erik Koch.

Bisping vs. 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 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.

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  • phrankthetank

    I’m excited for this fight

  • pogodog7

    Bisping will annihilate Boetsch. Bisping deserves a title shot.

    • TandmWarElephant

      I agree! honestly I’m one of the FEW Bisping fans and think he is very underrated! I hope he gets his shot soon

  • maddawgmar

    Haha, Bisping…. Title shot…. That is hilarious. He has done nothing to deserve a title shot. Everytime he get to a top five fighter he gets beat, Rashad Evans, got beat, Dan Henderson made him his b*tch, got owned by Wanderlei (not even top ten), finally puts together a win streak against mid tier fighters and then gets beat by Chael.

    Bisping…. Title shot…. Hahahahaha. Thanks I needed a laugh.

    • shakejunt

      yeah cuz’ all the other MW contenders have so much more credibility on their record -_-

      munoz beating zombie leben doesn’t impress me.
      weidman decisioning maia doesn’t either.
      lombard needs a measuring stick first.
      vitor didn’t deserve his first shot, let alone one now.

      so who’s your top MW?

    • shakejunt

      contender, that is

      • maddawgmar

        Chael is the obvious answer, but beyond that I see Stann beating Bisping, and Munoz. Munoz’s only losses was a razor thin loss to Okami, and a KO by Hamil, and he just got caught. He is on track for a shot.

    • mahoney

      @ maddawgmar, couldnt agree more. Dude has the most padded record in the UFC.