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Tim Boetsch Has Slugged/Talked His Way Into a Meeting With Michael Bisping at UFC 148

(Jeez…relax, Tim. It’s not like you rolled a ball into some pins or anything.)

Following his monumental comeback win over Yushin Okami at UFC 144 — you know, the one that made Joe Rogan soak his seat?Tim Boetsch respectfully called out Michael Bisping, telling MMA Junkie Radio: “I had wanted to fight [Bisping] even when we were both back at light heavyweight. I’ve had an eye on him…For some reason, I think Bisping rubs a lot of people the wrong way. That’s not the reason I want to fight him, though. I want to fight him because he’s ranked higher than me. I think I can take that from him…I like being the underdog. I like going into somebody else’s house and knowing everybody wants the other guy to win…That fires me up and gets me excited.”

At the time, we let this little tidbit pass us by without mention because come on, Bisping vs. Boetsch? It’s exactly the kind of fight that the Count would turn up his well-bred nose at. But according to the UFC, it’s actually happening. The fight is slated to be on the main card of UFC 148 (July 7th, Las Vegas), which already features Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, and a cruel bantamweight mismatch between Renan Barao and Jeff Hougland.

For Tim Boetsch (now 3-0 as a UFC middleweight), the July matchup is a chance to launch himself in the upper ranks of MMA competition for the first time in his five-year career. For Michael Bisping, it’s yet another opportunity to insult a surging veteran for not being on his level before inevitably kicking the snot out of him. (See also: Jason Miller, Jorge Rivera.) Bisping’s last performance, a unanimous decision loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC on FOX 2, snapped a four-fight win streak for the Count. He’s never lost two consecutive fights in his entire career. Let the colorfully-accented trash-talk begin…

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Shaky- March 20, 2012 at 8:15 am
I pick Bisping over anyone not named Anderson Silva. I'd pick him to beat Sonnen if they fought again - that fight was razor close, it seemed like Bisping was imposing his gameplan a little more, defending takedowns. I know the stats were in Sonnen's favour, but he had a lot of trouble with Bisping. The Count may not have a whole lot of finishing ability, but his cardio is great, his striking is very technical. His takedown defense and defensive Jiu Jitsu is excellent, and his ability to get back to his feet is almost unparalleled. He is really underrated, probably because people just don't like him.

I think he's fun though. One of my favourite moments from TUF 14 was when one of his guys threw a sloppy, spinning hook kick and he just shouted out from the corner "Fuck That!" in his Lanc accent. Whenever anyone throws a fancy strike in the UFC, my girlfriend and I will both spotaneously yell out "Fuck That!", Great catchphrase for life.
Dizzylittlelord- March 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm
bisping is just too good a fighter to beat boetch, then again i said the same thing against wanderlei so lets see what happens. bisping by sub?
Houstons db- March 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm
WTH? Jeff Hougland v Barao?????? Seriously? I hope Renan eats this dude and shits him out on the BudLight symbol. I'm still not understanding this one, can someone explain how this dude is worthy of fighting Barao?.. Oh and Timmy is gunna retard strength his way to a KO... watch
captcha: "street neckjob" Intriguing :)
Sopapo- March 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm
If the barbarian losses give him a fight with Leben. That would be Epic.
Goat- March 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Either Bisping by UD or Boestch via barbarian rape.
Crazy Croat- March 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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Fletch the V Stretch- March 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm
I wouldn't mind seeing the Barbarian unleash those uppercuts again on the count!! On another note, that guy in the bowling video is insane. He said and I quote "Who do you think you are? I am!" Umm, really?
The12ozCurls- March 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm
I hope the Barbarian kicks his ass. But unfortunately, Bisping's gonna outclass him
SnackDaddy- March 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Bisping takes this easily.
Xanderschultz- March 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm
If you can't put Boetsch away, your going to sleep. And Bisping definitely won't be able to put him away.