UFC 148 Lands Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch

March 19, 2012
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Michael Bisping vs Tim BoetschUFC matchmakers are zeroing in on the promotion’s summer events, as witnessed by recent fight announcements.

Less than 24 hours after announcing the addition of Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le at UFC 148, UFC officials on Monday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Michael Bisping would face Tim Boetsch on the July 7 event in Las Vegas, as well. The bout has been verbally agreed upon.

Bisping (22-4) is coming off of a strong showing, albeit in a loss, against Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 in January. That fight ended a four-fight winning streak for Bisping, but more importantly, it put his title shot aspirations on hold.

Sonnen is expected to face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in June of this year, while Bisping will square off with Boetsch, trying to work his way back to the front of the queue.

Following a loss to Phil Davis at light heavyweight, Boetsch (15-4) made the move to middleweight and has been streaking towards a title shot ever since.

He is currently 3-0 at 185 pounds, most recently staging an amazing come from behind victory over Yushin Okami at UFC 144 in Japan. Badly beaten in the first two rounds of the fight, Boetsch launched a blistering flurry of strikes in the opening moments of the third round for a TKO stoppage of Okami. He’ll hope to do the same to Bisping, albeit hoping to avoid the punishing first two rounds.

TUF: Live coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber headline UFC 148 with Cruz’s UFC bantamweight championship on the line. UFC 148 takes place on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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  • Lesnardo

    You can never count guys like Tim Boetch out. He is tough and got heavy hands.

    Bisping may be more skilled but I wouldn’t be surprised if Tim Boetch beats him.

  • Makes sense. Should be a good one.

    Bisping: footwork and head movement.

    Boetsch: Power and aggression.

  • ryant

    Boetsch is gonna stomp Bisping!

  • Towers66

    Bisping by unanimous decision. Maybe he’ll pull of a TKO. If boetsch were to win by KO i would be a happy camper….but it won’t happen.

  • joeyjoejoejrshabidu

    I hope he rag dolls him like that David Heath guy.

  • RonnieV

    Go AMC Pankration! This is a big step-up for Tim, would love to see him win this fight. I’m friends with one of his training partners, and he always brags about how much potential Boestch has. Good Luck Tim!

  • bryanadams

    I don’t see lightning striking twice for Boestch. Bisping wins by decision, then calls out Overeem and Muhammad Ali as if he’d just beaten Jon Jones. Douche..

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  • phrankthetank

    Call me crazy but I actually like boetsch in this fight. He’s got the right tools to make it a bad night for bisping.

  • Boetsch has the edge in strength and wrestling, which might be enough to stifle Bisping, but I see Bisping running circles around The Barbarian when fight time comes.

  • Maine2Alaska

    I like How UFC 148 is quickly shaping up. Being from Maine as well as I, I’ve been on the Botsch band wagon since he started in the UFC. It’s interesting, both fighters dropped from light heavy to middle weight. I’m pretty sure Tim is going to win. He’s more braud, stronger, and he throws punches way harder than Bisping. I don’t even think Bisping could beat Okami. And Tim did in Japan.. By knock out! That’s rare for Okami. Should be a great card.

  • pooby

    Good match up