Bisping vs. Boetsch, Barao vs. Hougland added to UFC 148

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sparky
3/19/12 1:56:50PM
Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is about to take another huge step up in competition.

UFC officials today confirmed that Boetsch will meet Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view.

Additionally, a bantamweight matchup between Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Jeff Hougland (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been added to the card.


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DrivenDavies15
3/19/12 1:58:49PM
Bipsing v Boetsch
Barao v Hougland WTF ?!

When I heard Barao had a fight i thought maybe Bowles but this one makes absolutely no sense to me.
sparky
3/19/12 1:59:06PM
Shocked with Borao vs Hougland. It seems like a big step down for Borao after beating Jorgensen, no disrespect to Hougland.
cowcatcher
3/19/12 2:19:14PM

Posted by sparky

Shocked with Borao vs Hougland. It seems like a big step down for Borao after beating Jorgensen, no disrespect to Hougland.



Gotta agree with you and DrivenDavies, I just don't get this matchup. I guess it's a showcase fight for Barao.
Poor_Franklin
3/19/12 2:47:28PM

Posted by cowcatcher



I guess it's a showcase fight for Barao.



it's the only logical explanation
Bubbles
3/19/12 2:53:12PM
Barao by destruction
FastKnockout
3/19/12 3:39:12PM
Barao vs. Hougland?
Budgellism
3/19/12 4:06:57PM

Posted by FastKnockout

Barao vs. Hougland?



My thoughts exactly. Huge step down in competition.

Bisping vs. Boetsch however makes a lot of sense.
gartface
3/19/12 4:07:52PM
Hougland via whatever he wants...
rush13
3/19/12 4:52:51PM
I can see Bisping vs Boetsch, even tho a win does nothing for Bisping but Barao vs Hougland is one of the most bizarre match-ups I can think of.
prozacnation1978
3/19/12 7:03:20PM
Easy set up for title shot for Barao
Ufc did same thing 5 years ago for fitch for title when he fought Chris Wilson

Bisping vs boestch. Gotta go with bisping
tcunningham
3/19/12 9:30:09PM
WAR JEFF "HELL-BOUND" HOUGLAND!!!!!!!!!
State_Champ
3/19/12 9:54:07PM
WAR TIM BOETSCH!

Kpro
3/20/12 12:38:41AM
I'll be rooting for Hougland to pull off the upset.
Kutter555
3/20/12 3:45:35AM
Hellbound!!!!
Boo_Radley21
3/20/12 4:14:40AM

Posted by DrivenDavies15

Bipsing v Boetsch
Barao v Hougland WTF ?!

When I heard Barao had a fight i thought maybe Bowles but this one makes absolutely no sense to me.



Kinda reminds you of Liddell vs Jardine does it not? Anything can happen mon frere
Bustamante-Aoki
3/20/12 12:22:50PM
I'm not excited for this match either...but Barao isn't well known among casual fans.

Let him get a highlight reel finish to develop hype for his title-shot. UFC is a sport, but also a business. It's always been that way. I understand the disappointment, but no one should be shocked by this.

Even my friends that watch MMA with me, and are borderline hardcore, both forgot who Barao was.

Bisping vs. Boetsch is a great fight. Looking forward to it a lot.
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