The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced the complete card for their upcoming UFC Fight Night 13, which will take place at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado on Wednesday, April 2nd.
The event, which features a main event between lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon, will mark the UFC’s return to the state of Colorado for the first time since the promotion held the Ultimate Ultimate tournament in 1995.
In addition to the Florian-Lauzon bout, the promotion currently plans to televise three other bouts. Powerful light heavyweight Houston Alexander will take on fellow striker James Irvin in a sure-fire war on the feet. Welterweight title hopefuls Karo Parisyan and Thiago Alves will clash in a bout that will move one of the fighters that much further up the division’s ladder.
Matt Hamill will return to action against Tim Boetsch, who will be serving as an injury replacement for former “Ultimate Fighter” runner-up Stephan Bonnar, who was forced to pull out of the bout after after tearing ligaments in his left knee during a recent training session. He is expected to be out of action for up to six months.
The stacked preliminary lineup feature four battles between notable lightweights and a pair of contests involving one-time participants of the sixth season of the UFC’s popular reality show. Standout wrestler Gray Maynard will attempt to hand an undefeated Frankie Edgar his first career loss. Spencer Fisher will attempt to get back on track against Marcus Aurelio.
Josh Neer returns to the UFC after an almost two-year hiatus to take on American Top Team veteran Din Thomas. Clay Guida will look to bounce back against international newcomer Samy Schiavo. George Sotiropoulos and Roman Mitichyan will clash in a welterweight contest while Tommy Speer will try to win his first fight in the UFC against Anthony Johnson.
While the broadcast is currently slated to run for two hours, MMA Junkie reports that they have recently spoken to a Spike TV representative who said they are currently considering making it a three-hour broadcast to squeeze in an extra fight or two.
Fightlinker is continuing it’s campaign to let Spike executives know that the broadcast deserves a three-hour timeslot. If you haven’t sent an email as of yet, make sure you do if interested.
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