The on again, off again saga that has become the Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva fight may have finally reached a disappointing resolution. Kevin Iole from Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the dream MMA matchup between Silva and Liddell is off and unlikely to ever happen. The fight was to headline UFC 76 in Anaheim, California on September 22nd
Silva’s website and other MMA media had both confirmed the bout but it now appears that the fight will no longer happen. Dana White reportedly reached an agreement with both Liddell and Silva for the fight but Silva has recently changed his mind telling the UFC president he no longer wants to face the former Light Heavyweight Champion. Here are Dana White’s comments on the situation:
“This is the worst news I could have possibly gotten. It’s horrendous. I have been trying to make this fight for six years. I have done everything in my power I could do over the last six years to make this fight and it’s still not happening. I just don’t see it happening now.”
With the main event for UFC 76 canceled the UFC is left to scramble to find a fight worthy of the main event. Sources tell MMAFrenzy.com that the main event will likely still involve Chuck Liddell although his opponent is not known. Now that the MMA community’s most hyped and drawn out match is unlikely to ever happen, the UFC must seek a fight not only worthy of main event status but one worthy of replacing the most talked about match in mixed martial arts history.
MMAFrenzy.com expects to have more information later today so stay tuned for an update on the situation as it develops.