In a first for the UFC, the organization will broadcast a special to air on Azteca America, a large Hispanic television network. The show will focus on the main event of the event between Chuck Liddell and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Here’s details on the special from a UFC press release:
In anticipation of UFC 71: LIDDELL vs. JACKSON taking place May 26th in Las Vegas, Azteca America â€“ the fastest growing Hispanic Television Network in the United States â€“ will present a one-hour special dedicated to this UFC mega-fight of the summer. â€œLa Venganza de Chuck Liddell,” hosted by Troy Santiago, will telecast Saturday, May 12th immediately following the quarter finals of the Mexican League soccer game Cruz Azul vs. Tecos.
â€œLa Venganza de Chuck Liddell” marks the first ever mixed martial arts (MMA) special to air on a national Spanish television network in the United States. Fox Sports en Espanol Spanish soccer narrator Troy Santiago hosts this Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÂ® special, guiding Azteca America viewers through a series of fights including UFC 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ.
The special focuses on Chuck Liddellâ€™s mission to avenge all of his previous losses to date. Considered the most recognizable mixed martial arts fighter in the world, and currently featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, Liddell has been fighting in the UFC since UFC 17 in 1998. He has fought with the organization 17 times and has only lost three times in his nearly ten-year history. He avenged his first loss to Jeremy Horn at UFC 54 in 2005, and his second loss to Randy Couture at UFC 52 and again at UFC 57 in their rubber match. Now Liddell looks to erase his last career loss to Quinton â€œRampage” Jackson at UFC 71.
Liddell won the UFC Light Heavyweight title in April 2005. He has knocked out his last seven opponents, which includes his last four title defenses. He intends to make UFC 71 his fifth successful defense with a knockout win over Jackson.
â€œIâ€™ve been waiting for this fight with Rampage for a long time. Iâ€™m excited about it and I will knock him out,” said Liddell. â€œThis is the last loss on my record that I have to avenge so I want to put that behind me and then look at new challenges.”
â€œI’m excited to make this long awaited rematch a reality for UFC fans,” said UFC President Dana White. â€œChuck has been on a mission to avenge all of his losses. He avenged Randy Couture, then Jeremy Horn and now standing in the way is Quinton â€œRampage” Jackson. Rampage is extremely excited to finally be in the UFC, and is very confident that his second fight in the UFC will earn him the light heavyweight championship. This is without a doubt the blockbuster fight of the summer.”