UFC President Dana White revealed the news in a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine.
Liddell was to headline this weekend’s UFC 75 card in London, England, originally against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua then against Rashad Evans, but was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a torn hamstring.
Though it’s only speculatory, with White touting an announcement that will “rock the MMA world” it’s not unreasonable to think that the UFC may have landed a major new television deal on the heels of EliteXC’s network television debut. Liddell, arguably the UFC’s biggest draw, would likely headline such an event and UFC 88 could be the first fight card to be broadcast under a possible deal.
Following a late-2003 loss to Qunton “Rampage” Jackson in PRIDE, “The Iceman” posted victories over Tito Ortiz and Vernon White then defeated champion Randy Couture to capture the 205-pound title. After successfully defending the title four times with wins over Jeremy Horn, Couture, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, and Ortiz, Liddell was rematched with Jackson, losing his title via first-round TKO. After dropping a unanimous decision to Keith Jardine in his next bout, Liddell rebouded with a unanimous decision victory over rival Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 in December.
No opponent has yet been announced for the bout.
UFC 88 takes place on September 6th at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
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