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Silva-Leites, Liddell-Rua to Headline UFC 97

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced yesterday a pair of fights that will headlined the organization’s upcoming return to Canada on April 18. Anderson Silva will defend his UFC middleweight title against fellow Brazil native Thales Leites and former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will take on former PRIDE star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Silva comes into the fight never having lost in the UFC. Since taking the middleweight title from Rich Franklin over two years ago, “The Spider” has won six consecutive fights, including a successful rematch against Franklin, title defenses over Nate Marquardt and Dan Henderson, and a quick win at light heavyweight against James Irvin.

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Fight Announcements: Griffin, Curran, Stann & More

Jeff Curran. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The past few days following the completion of Saturday’s UFC 93 event in Ireland have brought forth a slew of potential fight announcements involving upcoming events being put on by the UFC and WEC. Let’s get right to them:

— One-time WEC featherweight title challenger and longtime veteran Jeff Curran will reportedly make his bantamweight debut against Urijah Faber-protege Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40 on April 5 according to MMA Weekly. The event, which will likely take place in Chicago, will be headlined by WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres defending his title against Brian Bowles.

— Former International Fight League standout Bart Palaszewski will reportedly take on Richard Crunkilton in a lightweight bout at WEC 39 on March 1 according to MMA Junkie, which is also stating that the winner of the bout could receive a title shot against the winner of this weekend’s upcoming lightweight title fight between current champion Jamie Varner and top contender Donald Cerrone.

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UFC 88 Suspensions and Salaries

Rich Franklin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission has released the official lists of medical suspensions and fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 88: Breakthrough event, which took place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rashad Evans scored a brutal second-round knockout of former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the show’s main event. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former PRIDE title holder Dan Henderson were also victorious in their respective bouts.

In terms of the fighter salaries, remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

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UFC 88: Breakthrough Weigh-In Results

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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The show is headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell going up against undefeated contender Rashad Evans. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be moving back up to the 205 lb. weight class to take on former standout collegiate wrestler and one-time training partner Matt Hamill in the co-main event.

Main Card:

Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Rich Franklin (204.5 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (185 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (184.5 lbs)
Dong-Hyun Kim (170 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Kurt Pellegrino (156 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Tim Boetsch (205 lbs) vs. Mike Patt (205 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Jason Lambert (185 lbs)
Ryo Chonan (170 lbs) vs. Roan Carneiro (170 lbs)

Liddell Talks Evans on SportsCenter

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell discusses his upcoming bout against Rashad Evans tomorrow night at UFC 88 on ESPN’s SportsCenter in the above video.

UFC 88 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video

Here’s video from yesterday pre-fight press conference for UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place tomorrow night in Atlanta, Georgia. The above video features Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans talking about their main event matchup. Rich Franklin and Matt Hamill are after the jump.

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Dana White’s UFC 88 Video Blog Part Four

Above is the fourth entry for Dana White‘s video blog for UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place this Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia. Here Dana, Randy Couture, and Kenny Florian fly from New York to Atlanta for the event. Also, wait until you hear the entrance music that Dong-Hyun Kim has requested to come out to.

Ground and Chuk

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Count Darcy Hordichuk of the Vancouver Canucks as another hockey player that has implemented mixed martial arts into his off-ice training.

Hordichuk spent two weeks this summer at the Pit, home of famed trainer John Hackleman, and his most successful student, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

From the Vancouver Province:

At a place called The Pit in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Hordichuk endured twice-daily workout regimens for two weeks after his wife, Lisa, parlayed her friend’s familiarity with Hackleman into a training invitation.

“It’s all about confidence and just seeing how those guys work—they train, then they’re meditating on the beach and running in the hills—was kind of neat and a good experience,” Hordichuk said Wednesday following an informal skate at Burnaby 8-Rinks.

“Obviously, it’s lot different than training on the ice. It’s violent, but it’s a controlled violence and there are things you can learn from hitting the bag with them, wrestling and other stuff to get your stamina up a bit. Like your angles coming into a fight. I’ve had my style for the last 15 years and it has worked for me, but I can do some different things.”

The article also quotes Hackleman as saying that Hordichuk’s punching power will apparently be five times as effective this season because of the training he went through. After losing a bit of the popularity he generated early on his career with a bunch of exciting fights, we could see Hordichuk’s star rise again, this time because of his power, not just his fast hands.

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Steve Cofield Interviews Chuck Liddell

Here’s a pretty good interview between Steve Cofield, who I found to be funnier than I thought he was, and Chuck Liddell, who takes on Rashad Evans less than 48 hours from now at UFC 88, courtesy of MMA Rated.

Countdown to UFC 88 Premieres Tonight

“Countdown to UFC 88”, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s usual event preview show, will premiere tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike TV. You can check out a preview of the episode here. The show will focus on the two biggest main card fights that will take place this Saturday night: Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans and Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill. Interviews and video of all fighters training in their respective hometowns are expected to be shown.

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