LONDON ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan during their UFC middleweight bout at the O2 Arena on October 16 2010 in London England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
It appears that one of the marquees matchups at UFC 148 won't be taking place on that card after all. One of the first bouts announced for the July 7th card was an important middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch. But MMA Weekly is reporting that it's getting moved:
A middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch has been shifted off the UFC 148 card and will be moved to a future show.
Sources close to the fight confirmed the move to MMA Weekly on Monday. The reason for the shift is unknown at this time.
According to current rumors, the Bisping vs. Boetsch fight could be rescheduled as early as July 21 as part of the UFC 149 card in Calgary.
There could be any number of reasons for this move, from both the promotion's side and one of the fighters. Either way, UFC 148 is still a stacked card and can probably survive the loss of the bout. If it does end up on UFC 149 instead, that will help to shore up the Calgary card a bit.