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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.