The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday announced its return to Colorado, the state where the promotion got its start. UFC Fight Night 13 is scheduled for April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, which is about 15 minutes outside the state’s capital of Denver.
The main event features Ultimate Fighter veterans Kenny Florian, the MMAWeekly.com No. 10 ranked lightweight fighter in the world, and Joe Lauzon doing battle to narrow down the 155-pound division’s list of contenders.
“We are excited to have a fight where the UFC first started, and also that UFC fans will be able to watch it on Spike TV,” said UFC president Dana White. “Lauzon and Florian will be a great comeback fight – these are two young guys who show improvement every time they get in the Octagon. Both of these guys want to be the best young lightweight in the sport, and have the chance to prove it in a fight for the title.”
Also officially announced are bouts pitting Stephan Bonnar against Matt Hamill and Karo Parisyan, currently ranked No. 6 in the welterweight class, facing Thiago Alves.
The UFC first made its mark at McNichols Arena in Denver in November of 1993. The promotion followed that with its second event in March of 1994 in Denver and a third UFC, Ultimate Ultimate 95 in December of 1995, before the City and County of Denver banned the competition.
Mixed martial arts has been sanctioned by the Office of Boxing in Colorado for several years now, but April marks the first time that the UFC will return to the state under the ownership of Zuffa, LLC.