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Bisping v Boetsch set to be moved from UFC 148 card

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Michael Bisping is awaiting a fight with Tim Boetsch © Getty Images
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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.

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