That Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts (MMA) bonanza on Fourth of July weekend was just a little too loaded.
So loaded, in fact, that the promotion made the decision to move the Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch Middleweight match up from UFC 148 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 7, 2012, to the UFC 149 fight card at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on July 21, 2012, according to MMAWeekly.com.
No official reason, or announcement for that matter, was given for the shake up at this time; however, it appears that the trickle down effects of the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch relocation are still being felt.
The Bisping-Boetsch battle will be featured on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, supporting a main event that features UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch, as well as another marquee match up between Mauricio Rua and Thiago Silva, among others.
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.
Boetsch (15-4) is 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 earlier this year in Japan.
In addition to the aforementioned bouts, UFC 149 -- the first event held by the world's largest MMA promotion in the province of Alberta -- will feature fights between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo, Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Nick Ring vs. Court McGee, among others.
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