Fresh off his comeback win over Yushin Okami
in February, Tim Boetsch
has established plenty of momentum in the UFC’s middleweight
On July 7, “The Barbarian” will attempt to keep his hot streak
going against Michael
Bisping (Pictured), one of two bouts added to the UFC
148 bill by promotion officials Monday. Rising bantamweight
talent Renan “Barao”
Pegado will lock horns with Jeff
Hougland on the same card, which will take place at MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Boetsch left the light heavyweight division following a submission
loss to Phil Davis at
UFC 123. He defeated Kendall
Grove via unanimous nod in his middleweight debut at UFC 130
and followed that performance with a three-round triumph against
Ring last September. The AMC Pankration representative achieved
the signature victory of his career in earning a technical knockout
over Okami at UFC 144, overwhelming the Japanese fighter with a
third-round flurry to force a stoppage.
Bisping saw a four-fight winning streak come to an end when he was
outpointed by Chael Sonnen
at UFC on Fox 2, with the loss costing him a shot at middleweight
Silva. “The Count” parted ways with his longtime gym Wolfslair
Academy shortly thereafter. The Englishman’s 12 victories inside
the Octagon puts him 11th on the UFC’s all-time wins list.
The owner of a 29-fight unbeaten streak, Barao last appeared at UFC
143, defeating former WEC title challenger Scott
Jorgensen via unanimous decision. The 25-year-old Brazilian
Escovedo in his UFC debut last May and followed up with a
first-round submission of Brad
Pickett at UFC 138.
After beginning his MMA career with losses in four of his first
five outings, Hougland has reeled off nine straight wins, including
a decision triumph over Donny
Walker in his UFC debut last July. The Combat Sport and Fitness
product has earned seven of his 10 career victories by
UFC 148 is headlined by a bantamweight title tilt between Dominick
Cruz and Urijah
Faber, and also features a middleweight clash pitting Rich
Franklin against Cung Le.