The UFC added a middleweight match-up today to UFC 148 in the form of a bout between Michael Bisping (22-4) and Tim Boetsch (15-4). Both men have looked sharper than ever as of late and could be in line for a title-shot depending on the outcome of their July 7 encounter.
The battle between Bisping-Boetsch was confirmed by the UFC.
Bisping is coming off a decision loss to Chael Sonnen but put forth a spirited-enough effort to leave many viewers feeling as though the Brit had been robbed on the scorecards. Prior to the defeat the TUF 3 winner had found success in four straight fights including those against Yoshihiro Akiyama, Dan Miller, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Boetsch will be hoping to avoid a similar situation when he faces Bisping as he’s currently on a three-fight winning streak including his remarkable comeback against Yushin Okami at UFC 144. Twelve of the 31-year old’s fifteen total victories have involved some form of finish.
UFC 148 is expected to be headlined by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz putting his gold up for grabs against Urijah Faber and will also feature former champions Rich Franklin-Cung Le in action against each other.
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MMATraining Take: I definitely like this fight though I think Bisping should have no problem handling “The Barbarian”. Still, each man likes to throw strikes, and while “The Count” may be the superior stand-up artist there aren’t many middleweights as tough as Boetsch.