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Countdown to UFC 88 Video Preview

Above is a preview of “Countdown to UFC 88”, which profiles the upcoming light heavyweight clash between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans and premieres Wednesday, September 3 at 11 PM ET on Spike TV.

Jackson Has “Lost Respect” for Griffin


Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In the days following his title loss to Forrest Griffin and before his high-speed chase with police in California, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and his camp considered filing a protest to the Nevada State Athletic Commission concerning the scoring during his defeat at UFC 86.

The protest was never made and despite claiming that he “got his ass kicked” during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Jackson is now publicly stating that he beat Griffin. In his recent comments to Fighters Only Magazine, Jackson showed much disdain towards his fellow ‘TUF’ coach.

“I just want my fans to know, I was at my worst and Forrest was at his best - and I still beat him,” Jackson said. “A man is not a man if he can’t ‘fess up to when he gets his ass kicked. See me, if I get my ass kicked I am like ‘yeah, I got my ass kicked’ [After the fight] I was being sarcastic, because I really could not believe that it went the way it did. I’m not a sore loser, shit happens. But I was hoping that Forrest would be a man and come out and say ‘You know what, I didn’t win that fight’, especially after he watched it.”

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Video Preview of UFC 88: Breakthrough

In the above video courtesy of ESPN, UFC President Dana White and color commentator Joe Rogan break down two of the fights taking place at UFC 88: Breakthrough on September 6th - Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans and Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill.

Liddell Wants to Hand Evans His First Loss

In the above video courtesy of ESPN, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell discusses his upcoming bout against rising contender Rashad Evans, which will take place at UFC 88: Breakthrough on September 6th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Evans: “I’ll Take What Liddell Gives Me”

In the above video courtesy of ESPN, UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans discusses his upcoming bout against former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 88: Breakthrough on September 6th in Atlanta.

White Attempting to Fix Things With Couture?


Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

While it’s pretty easy to assume that the current relationship between UFC President Dana White and his reigning heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, might be a little rocky considering White’s company filed a defamation suit against Couture earlier this year, things might be starting to get a little better between the two.

White was a guest this morning on CBS and XM Satellite Radio’s “Opie and Anthony Show” (audio here) where he talked about a variety of topics, including his current situation with Couture. As he’s done all throughout the past eight months since Couture formally resigned from the promotion, White had nothing but good things to say about the UFC Hall-of-Famer.

“I have nothing but respect for Randy Couture,” White said on the program. “This guy is a real fighter and he’s always fought the best fighters in the world. So whatever his reasoning his for wanting to sit out for the remainder of this thing, I want Randy Couture back in the UFC. I want him to be a part of this thing for the rest of his life and I’m trying to work that out with Randy right now so we’ll see what happens.”

Whether or not White and Couture are really trying to work something out remains to be seen, but this is the first time in quite a while that White has even mentioned anything related to an attempt to patch things up with Couture.

White also discussed his attempts to sign former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. While one of Couture’s main reasons for leaving the UFC was White’s inability to sign Emelianenko, he noted that his attempts were not made in vain.

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UFC Announces Liddell-Evans for September


Chuck Liddell (left) is interviewed by Joe Rogan following his loss to Quinton Jackson in May 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will finally take on Rashad Evans, the heavyweight winner of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Atlanta for the first time in September.

The organization officially announced the previously rumored bout this afternoon.

The two were originally set to meet at the UFC’s cursed “Bedlam” event in London, England earlier this month after Liddell’s first opponent, former PRIDE standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to withdraw from the event after rupturing an ACL in his left knee, an injury that ultimately required surgery and has sidelined Rua indefinitely.

Evans was moved from his bout against Thiago Silva last month only to have Liddell bow out courtesy of a torn right hamstring. James Irvin stepped in as a late replacement opponent but fell to the injury bug as well in the form of a broken foot. Evans was then removed from the card completely.

Liddell snapped a two-fight losing streak at UFC 79 in December where he won a unanimous decision over long-time rival Wanderlei Silva. A win over Evans will have Liddell move one step closer to a rematch against current champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who has defeated Liddell twice in the past.

Evans, a one-time standout college wrestler at Michigan State University, has not lost yet inside the confines of his UFC. Evans has been victorious in all of his bouts with the exception of a draw against Tito Ortiz last summer. He most recently won a decision over previously undefeated Michael Bisping last November.

Report: Liddell-Evans Likely for September


Chuck Liddell (left) is interviewed by Joe Rogan following his loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in May 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will reportedly finally take on Rashad Evans, the heavyweight winner of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Atlanta for the first time in September.

The news comes from Ryan Hockensmith of ESPN the Magazine, who also reports that while bout agreements have yet to be signed, both fighters have verbally agreed to fight.

The two were originally set to meet at the UFC’s cursed “Bedlam” event in London, England earlier this month after Liddell’s first opponent, former PRIDE standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to withdraw from the event after rupturing an ACL in his left knee, an injury that ultimately required surgery and has sidelined Rua indefinitely.

Evans was moved from his bout against Thiago Silva last month only to have Liddell bow out courtesy of a torn right hamstring. James Irvin stepped in as a late replacement opponent but fell to the injury bug as well in the form of a broken foot. Evans was then removed from the card completely.

Liddell snapped a two-fight losing streak at UFC 79 in December where he won a unanimous decision over long-time rival Wanderlei Silva. A win over Evans will have Liddell move one step closer to a rematch against current champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who has defeated Liddell twice in the past.

Evans, a one-time standout college wrestler at Michigan State University, has not lost yet inside the confines of his UFC. Evans has been victorious in all of his bouts with the exception of a draw against Tito Ortiz last summer. He most recently won a decision over previously undefeated Michael Bisping last November.

Video Hype: Jardine Wants to Make History

UFC light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine discusses his upcoming fight with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 84: Ill Will this Saturday and his desire to become the first fighter in the history of mixed martial arts to defeat both Silva and former UFC champion Chuck Liddell with ESPN.

Report: Irvin Agrees to Step In Against Evans


James Irvin weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 13. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

James Irvin, fresh off of his quick knockout of Houston Alexander earlier this month, will reportedly replace former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell against an undefeated Rashad Evans when the UFC travels to London, England on June 7th.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which has confirmed Irvin’s participation with sources close to both fighter’s camps.

Irvin’s stoppage of Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd tied the record for the fastest finish in UFC history. Don Frye put Thomas Ramirez to sleep in eight seconds as well in his UFC debut back in February 1996.

Evans was originally scheduled to be fighting Thiago Silva in May before being tapped to replace an injured Mauricio Rua against Liddell. The one-time standout college wrestler has not lost yet inside the confines of his UFC. Evans has been victorious in all of his bouts with the exception of a draw against Tito Ortiz last summer.

Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports reports that the UFC now plans to have a total of 13 bouts on the card in order to make up for Liddell’s absence. UFC President Dana White has confirmed that the card for the event is still in the works.

“We’re adding fights to the card and rearranging it so the UK fans won’t have to worry,” White said in a recent press release sent out to the media. “We’ll still be bringing an amazing card to London and the O2 Arena. The UFC always delivers.”

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