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Remember that report earlier that stated Anthony Ruiz has signed on to face David Heath at UFC 81 on Feb. 2 as the replacement for Tomasz Drwal?

Well, is reporting something completely different. Apparently Tim Boetsch, and not Ruiz, will be taking on Heath:

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.

No disrespect to, but I will take the UFC’s word for this one.

I think Ruiz would have been a good replacement but I like Boetsch just as much in this spot. I saw him fight twice this past summer; first at Extreme Challenge 81 in Orange, NJ on July 28 and less again less than a week later at the IFL semifinals on August 2 in East Rutherford, NJ.

Boetsch submitted Brendan Barrett with a guillotine choke at 3:00 of round 2. He then lost a unanimous decision to Vladimir Matyushenko during the IFL show but hung tough the entire time. He’s a very good wrestler and I think he stands a good chance of pulling off an upset against Heath.

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