It has long been rumored and hinted that UFC President Dana White, along with even the most-casual MMA fan, wanted to see UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell do toe-to-toe with rival Wanderlei Silva. The rumors of their matchup now mean next-to-nothing as Silva was knocked out by Dan Henderson at Pride 33 over the weekend.
“The Axe Murderer” may have just given the UFC fans the fuel they needed to show how great UFC truly is. The loss was Silva’s second straight, the first at the hands of UFC newcomer Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
White expressed his displeasure at the loss, not because he felt Silva was a better fighter, but because he wanted Chuck Liddell to do it. The loss taints the match and loses the allure it had previously.
The match went so far as to be announced but both organizations blamed the other for it never materializing. The UFC was apparently taking this future matchup very seriously going so far as saying they now had to rethink their plans for Liddell’s next fights. Based on a recent interview it is anticipated that Liddell will be bumped up to heavyweight to take on “Cro Cop” among others.
The UFC’s light heavyweight division is perhaps its lightest on talent with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson representing the only real obstacle for Liddell.
Here are some other UFC news items to report:
- The winner of the Jason MacDonald-Rich Franklin fight is in line for a title shot.
- The winner of Tim Sylvia versus Randy Couture will meet the winner of the UFC 70 bout between Filipovic and Gabriel Gonzaga.
- Lightweight champion Sean Sherk will take on Hermes Franca this summer when the 155-pound title-holder recovers from shoulder surgery.
- The UFC is returning to Southern California in September, probably to Anaheim.
- White stated there is no likely time in the future that women will fight in the UFC. This might open up a niche for EliteXC given there are no major MMA promotions in the U.S. for women at the moment.