The match up between Matt Hamill and Tim Boetsch for UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo., was today made official, completing the loaded 10-fight extravaganza set to air on SpikeTV at 8 p.m. ET.
Boetsch stepped up once again to replace an injured Stephan Bonnar -- he just filled in for an injured Tomasz Drwal at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" on February 2.
It's a 205-pound showdown that is guaranteed to make the live telecast. Let's have a look at the entire line up:
155 lbs.: Kenny Florian (7-3) vs. Joe Lauzon (16-3)
Main card (televised):
170 lbs.: Karo Parisyan (18-4) vs. Thiago Alves (13-3)
205 lbs.: Matt Hamill (3-1) vs. Tim Boetsch (7-1)
205 lbs.: Houston Alexander (8-2) vs. James Irvin (13-4)
Under card (may not be broadcast):
155 lbs.: Frank Edgar (8-0) vs. Gray Maynard (4-0)
155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher (20-4) vs. Marcus Aurelio (15-5)
155 lbs.: Din Thomas (20-7) vs. Josh Neer (23-6-1)
155 lbs.: Clay Guida (22-9) vs. Samy Schiavo (10-4)
170 lbs.: George Sotiropoulos (8-2) vs. Roman Mitichyan (5-1)
170 lbs.: Tommy Speer (9-2) vs. Anthony Johnson (4-1)
UFC Fight Night 13 is the lead-in to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 debut, which features light heavyweight standouts, Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin, serving as coaches for the field of 32 middleweight prospects (the field will be whittled down to 16 fighters early on with fights right off the bat).
There's a grassroots email campaign currently sweeping the blogosphere that is lobbying for SpikeTV to provide three hours of programming instead of the traditional two for UFC Fight Night 13. That's because the card is teeming with great fights from top-to-bottom -- all of which are not guaranteed to air on television.
The charge to add an extra hour to the broadcast is being led by FightLinker.com and his pack of ravenous jackals. To find out more about the initiative click here.
In the meantime, here's an email script that you can copy and paste and send to SpikeTV executives to encourage them to give us one more hour:
SUBJECT: UFC Fight Night on April 2nd
I'm writing to ask that the UFC Fight Night on April 2nd be given three hours of time instead of two. The card is one of the best UFC cards ever put on Spike, and it deserves a longer timeslot. The entire fight community is looking forward to seeing this event, and I am sure you'll have a significantly higher number of viewers if you decide to show more of the card.
Thank you for your time
INSERT NAME HERE
Let's get to work. UFC Fight Night 13 has more than a few pay-per-view (PPV) worthy bouts. There's no reason we shouldn't try to see as many as possible ... especially if they are free.