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02-01-2008, 06:50 PM

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Former Pride Grand Prix champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has signed a contract to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Sources close to MMAWeekly confirmed that the fight will take place in either May or June, but more than likely at the next event in London, which Ultimate Fighting Championship officials have already said would be June 14 at the O2 Arena.

The UFC has been the subject of much speculation in regards to negotiating a broadcast network television deal. Although nothing has been announced, in a recent media conference call, UFC vice president of operations and productions Craig Borsari indicated that they were hopeful that they could have something in place for the June event in London.

Once considered the top 205-pound fighter in the world, Shogun saw most of his success in Pride Fighting Championships. The former Chute Boxe fighter holds wins over notable opponents such as Alistair Overeem, Kevin Randleman, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona and the current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson. In his long awaited Octagon debut at UFC 67, Rua was submitted by Ultimate Fighter winner Forrest Griffin.

Liddell is coming off one of the most significant victories of his career with an exciting unanimous victory over Rua’s former teammate Wanderlei Silva. The much-needed win ended a two-fight losing streak for the “Iceman.”

The bout was first speculated when Liddell told Sport Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim, when questioned about his next opponent, “Possibly Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. That's what they're saying. If it's the June fight, it will probably be in London. But my trainer is trying to get it moved to Vegas.”

02-01-2008, 08:32 PM
Liddell is gonna get owned lol

02-01-2008, 08:52 PM
Shogun had surgery like 2 days after the forrest fight, now he's 100% and i kinda feel sorry for chuck...

02-01-2008, 08:55 PM
This will be a good bout!

Can't wait to see this happen!

02-01-2008, 08:55 PM
Ah man this is gonna be a great fight but it shouldnt have been made :nonono:

02-01-2008, 08:57 PM
Lidell KO better believe dat

02-01-2008, 09:29 PM
Lidell KO better believe dat

:ugh: :nonono:

02-01-2008, 09:38 PM
Lidell KO better believe dat

LOL You wanna bet on that?

02-01-2008, 09:44 PM
This is a good idea to make Liddell look like a real challenger for Rampage again, if he beats the two fighters who beat Rampage in the past he is definitely closer to a title shot (but he still needs to avenge the loss to Jardine).

I doubt he will get past Shogun though, too young for Liddell. Shogun should come back with a vengeance.

I still wouldn't be interested in seeing Liddell fight Rampage for the third time even if he beats Shogun because I know how it would turn out.
But I'm quite sure many others would be.

02-01-2008, 10:08 PM
LOL You wanna bet on that?

healthy shogun will take chuck down at will and ground and pound his ass

02-02-2008, 03:29 AM
Chuck exploits his shots and picks him apart, no seriously, I mean that.*

*If Chuck comes to the Cage in good shape.

02-02-2008, 07:42 AM
I got Liddell by KO. Thats right Chuck Liddell will beat Shogun. Yes I will be betting on this.