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Michael Bisping booked for battle with Tim Boetsch at UFC 148

Streaking middleweight Tim Boetsch recently came out to express his interest in facing Michael Bisping, saying he not only wanted a “Top 3” adversary but had been interested in testing his skills against the talented Brit dating back to their time in the light heavyweight division. Fortunately for “The Barbarian”, it appears his bosses and Bisping were listening and have obliged his request, booking the two for a bout on July 7 at UFC 148.

MMAWeekly was first to report the fight and UFC officials have since confirmed the pairing is in place.

Boestch has gone 3-0 since dropping down to 185 pounds, none of his wins bigger than the one he scored at UFC 144 after stopping Yushin Okami with strikes in the third round of a rumble he was clearly losing up until the finish. The victory improved his overall record to 15-4 with a nice balance of submissions/TKOs in the bunch.

The 22-4 Bisping wasn’t quite so lucky in his previous outing, falling to Chael Sonnen by way of Unanimous Decision in a closely contested bout many felt “The Count” had won. Prior to the loss the 33-year old had won four straight scraps including success against Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

UFC 148 is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas and is expected to feature match-ups including Rich Franklin-Cung Le and Urijah Faber-Dominick Cruz.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is a very winnable fight for Bisping, he has all the tools to take this one. Bad for Tim as he was on a roll, he always has a punches chance though.

  • climbarock says:

    Meh. Bisping should get a tougher fight after 4 wins and a narrow loss to the consensus #2.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Bisping can beat almost anyone at 185. Love him or hate him he has got serious skills and is a very tough fight for anyone.

    Admire Boetsch for having the guts to call out a big name like Bisping but, I just don’t see his hand being raised.

  • MCM says:

    Yeah, I agree with the rest in that Boestch is kind of a step down for Bisping, but with him having taken out a top 10 fighter like Okami, who else is there? I guess there’s Munoz.

    With Rich dropping back down, I’d love to see him a Bisping go at.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Tim just KOed a top 5 fighter who just recently fought for the title, how is that a step down?

    Bisping is on the rebound and Tim is on a winning streak.

    I say Tim connects and leaves Bisping down for the count 😉

  • Lord Faust says:

    I think Boestch is being under-sold, especially after one of the sweetest comebacks in recent history. (How many goes, down 2 whole rounds even put on a good 3rd round, let alone steal the win!?)

    Bisping should be the favourite; he’s got real skills and works very hard. That said, Boestch was supposed to be fed to Okami (from my POV anyway) and came out looking good.

    This should be a competitive bout; Boestch obviously has a puncher’s chance — and more, really — while Bisping has technique and some really improved wrestling defence. All told, this should make for some good viewing.

  • Creature says:

    I hope Bisping wins this, so he can fight rather Franklin or Belcher.. If Belcher or Bisping can win their next fights then fight each other i hope they get a title shot.. Id love to see Rich fight for gold again but only if Silva is not in the picture anymore, and i bet Rich feels the same way 😉


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