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We’re not the only website trying to claim credit for this prediction, but basically we called it: It’s been confirmed that Tim “The Heath Killer” Boetsch will step in for the injured Stephan Bonnar to face Matt Hamill at Ultimate Fight Night 13. No word yet if the fight will be on the main card, but the official lineup with be announced shortly.
And there’s even more good news, as a tenth match has been added to the card: UFC.com now shows that TUF 6 castmembers George Sotiropoulos and Roman Mitichyan will meet in the Octagon. Sotiropoulos was the Australian Team Serra standout who rolled his way into the semis where Tommy Speer poked him in the eye then GnP’d him to sleep. Mitichyan was the dude who broke his elbow in episode one and then freaked out when he wasn’t allowed to fight through it. Both men are coming off of wins at December’s Ultimate Fighter 6 finale.
For all the debate over Steve Mazzagatti’s controversial point-deduction during UFC 81′s Lesnar/Mir fight, we’ve overlooked one other questionable reffing moment from “Breaking Point.” Watch the video above and count how many unanswered punches to the face Tim Boetsch gets in on David Heath — who doesn’t even have his hands up — before Herb Dean decides to come back from his cigarette break.
Of course, Boetsch himself can’t be faulted for laying down the fury. In fact the Pennsylvania-based light heavyweight, who filled in for Tomasz Drwal at UFC 81 on just 10 days notice, believes that his dramatic K.O. of Heath will earn him a return trip to the Octagon. As Boetsch told TAGG Radio:
“I haven’t heard anything as of yet. But just from the response from the fans and everybody that saw it, I think they’re going to have a hard time not bringing me back. So I’m looking forward to getting back in there for them, hopefully in the near future, and putting on another good show.”
Though the $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus went to Chris Lytle, Boetsch received extra pay on top of his salary, saying that “[the UFC] takes care of you if you put on an exciting fight.” As for the wild ending to his match last Saturday, Boetsch remembers it like this:
“I knew when (Heath) didn’t put his hands out to catch himself (falling) he was in trouble. His head bounced off the floor, and I knew he was hurt pretty bad. I dropped in and started hitting him, and I knew nobody was home at that point.”
We don’t think he’d have much luck throwing around the UFC’s top-ten-caliber light heavyweights, but we’d love to see Boetsch developed for a while against gatekeeper-types like Jason Lambert and Eric Schafer. The kid’s got potential…
MMA Weekly is saying that Heath will fight Anthony “El Toro” Ruiz on the card, keeping the night at nine fights. Ruiz would be making his debut for the UFC. El Toro has been somewhat of a journeyman in his career and has been impressive in recent years. After three straight losses back in 2005 he has gone 11-2, including winning his last six fights in a row. Heath wouldn’t be the first UFC talent he’s faced, either. He beat Brad Imes – TUF 2 finalist – at the Palace Fighting Championship event last week. He also won via TKO against Bobby Southworth back in November.
February 2nd’s UFC 81 card in Las Vegas is back up to a full slate of nine fights after Pennsylvania light heavyweight prospect Tim Boetsch agreed to step into the Octagon to face David Heath. Boetsch (6-1 in pro MMA) replaces Tomasz Drwal, who was forced to withdraw from the Heath bout due to injury.