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Bisping v Boetsch set to be moved from UFC 148 card
Michael Bisping's UFC middleweight showdown with Tim Boetsch is set to be moved from UFC 148, in order to give it the focus it deserves away from such a stacked card.
Bisping is incredibly close to a title shot at 185lbs, his loss to Chael Sonnen barely being treated as a defeat - such was the close nature of the contest. Victory over Boetsch would likely leave the Brit needing, at most, one more victory to set up a clash with the champion.
His battle with Boetsch had been scheduled for the July 7 card in Las Vegas, but that has become overcrowded with big fights. Anderson Silva v Chael Sonnen tops the bill, in an event that also features Tito Ortiz v Forrest Griffin, Dominick Cruz v Urijah Faber and Rich Franklin v Cung Le.
It is expected that Bisping v Boetsch will instead take place two weeks later at UFC 149 on July 21, set to be headlined by Jon Jones v Dan Henderson.
The UFC is yet to make official the change to the line-up, but a move would recognise the importance of Bisping's fight as he edges close to a championship bout.