UFC 148: Tim Boetsch vs Michael Bisping in the works for July 7 in Las Vegas

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Ask and you shall receive.

Recently relevant middleweight mauler Tim Boetsch, who's been clamoring for a fight against perennial in-the-mix'er Michael Bisping, is expected to get his wish at the upcoming UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event booked for July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC.com announced the match-up earlier today.

Boetsch (15-4) is a perfect 3-0 since moving down from the crowded ranks of light heavyweight. After back-to-back decision wins over Kendall Grove at UFC 130 and Nick Ring at UFC 135, "The Barbarian" survived a 10-minute shellacking by former division contender Yushin Okami -- only to storm back and knock "Thunder" out with four ounces of lighting at UFC 144 last month in Japan.

Now it's time for him to conquer Great Britain -- if he can.

Despite falling to Chael Sonnen by razor-thin unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 2 earlier this year, Bisping has continued to cement himself as one of the division's toughest nuts to crack.

"The Count" is 4-1 over his last five contests, including consecutive technical knockout stoppages over Jorge Rivera at UFC 127 and Jason Miller at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale. The Brit, who's never been submitted, has only been stopped once in his career thanks to a well-placed "H-Bomb" way back at UFC 100.

Will Bisping be too hard for Boetsch to handle?

UFC 148 is expected to feature a bantamweight title fight between TUF 15 coaches (and bitter rivals) Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. A middleweight match-up between Rich Franklin and Cung Le has also been announced.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on this upcoming fight card as they develop. In the meantime, see what's in store for "Sin City" on July 7 right here.

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