Yesterday reports surfaced stating that MMA legends Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva would be headlining UFC 76 in Anahiem, California.
Shortly after the fight was announced a story titled “Liddell-Silva Scrapped…Again” ran on the UFC website stating Silva did not want the fight with Chuck Liddell.
There was a glimmer of hope in the last couple of weeks, when terms were reportedly reached for the two future Hall of Famers to meet at UFC 76 in Anaheim, California, but Wednesday afternoon, a Silva representative informed UFC President Dana White that ‘The Axe Murderer’ did not want the fight.
“You never say it’s never gonna happen, but until you have something signed, you never say it’s gonna happen in this sport,” said Liddell. “It’s just one of those things. Before he had excuses, now he doesn’t. There’s nothing in his way now.”
Wanderlei Silva took time to respond to the comments saying he still wants the fight with Liddell but the proposed showdown in September just wasn’t convenient for him but he would be ready for a November showdown.
Here is the video (Portuguese):
The Fight Network has posted an excellent transcript of Wanderlei’s message:
“Hey Folks, I came here to clarify some things that are popping up about myself, about this bout between me and Chuck. I want to say that at no time I said I didn’t want to fight him. Much to the contrary, I have been wanting this fight for a long time. I’m very anxious for this bout, and I have already been preparing myself for some time, and I received a contract where I had two options, to fight either in September or in November.
Without a doubt it’s the most important fight of my life, I know the guy’s a big name in the USA, as I’m a big name as well, so I think we have all the tools to do a very exciting fight, and that’s why it’s that much awaited. I opted to do this fight in November, and at no time I said I didn’t want to fight him - much to the contrary, I was the first to propose this bout, and they were
hiding him behind many reasons, and now people are saying that I chickened out.
Much to the contrary, I’m here to say I didn’t chicken out, and I’m going for it. I think I need to be in my best shape, both physically and technically, so I want this extra time to be able to train better, and really be at the top of my preparation, so I can show all my potential.
I’m in a moment of a lot of transitions in my life. I’ll likely be moving to the USA in the next week, or the one following it, I’ll live there now, so a lot of things are happening and I’m having to take care of too many things, so I’m not able to focus directly on my training, which is what I need to do. I always did everything the promoters wanted, always fought whenever promoters wanted, and I was always available to all the promotions I worked for, and sometimes I even did things I shouldn’t have done, things that ended up hindering my own image, and this time I said “No, I’ll stop and organize my life to really be able to train and show everybody the Wanderlei Silva everybody is used to see.
I’m anxious to get back at winning, and I know of my responsibility with a lot of people from the whole world that supports me. Sometimes maybe because of anxiety from promoters in wanting me in a show, a lot of people start to say a lot of things, but none of that is true. [The] truth is that this fight will happen, if he doesn’t hide behind this now. If it’s not against him, then I don’t know - I’ll see what will happen.
But first, what I want to happen is that this fight takes place in November, so we can do a great spectacle that everybody’s waiting for. This bout has everything to be a historical bout in MMA, as all the fans have been awaiting this for a long time, and I hope to be at my best to show the Wanderlei Silva all of you want to see, with a lot of heart and determination, defending our flag and making it so I can bring happiness to all my fans that support me.
So this message is for you guys that want to know what’s happening, and to hear it straight from my mouth, not to keep hearing what’s taking place around [me], and this is the truth. Thanks guys, and stay with God –with his help I’ll be back strong, showing you the spectacle you are all used to seeing. Thanks a lot.”
Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva in November, make it happen Dana!
In a recent interview with The Oregonian, UFC president Dana White, confirmed that the UFC had reached a deal with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and they were close to reaching a deal with PRIDE heavyweight ace Fedor Emelianenko.
“He’s signed and ready to roll,” White said. “You couldn’t meet a classier guy in your whole life. He will be so marketable.”
White also said he is moving close to signing a contract that would bring Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (26-1), widely considered the best fighter in the world, to the UFC.
A month ago, ChuteBoxe.com, reported that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had signed with the UFC but the deal was never officially announced by the UFC.
News and Notes
- Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 PM EST as John and I will be doing one of our patented ‘live blogs’ for UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson.
- The CSAC has granted Fight Entertainment Group (FEG), K-1’s parent company, a temporary promoter’s license.
- In a recent interview with TATAME Chute Boxe’s Rafael Cordeiro talked about Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Murilo “Ninja” Rua.
“Shogun fights into any category. At the Chute Boxe team we train into the rules of the Pride and of the UFC, as like in the Muay Thai that we train into different rules”, said Cordeiro, who also said that believes at the KO of Murilo Ninja inhis bout against the fighter from Cube Joey Villasenor for the Middleweight tilte of the Elite XC. “After the training that he did with Wanderlei last morning, I am waiting for the KO. Wanderlei left the traininh saying good things about him and he also said he has a heavy hand. When some athlete receives good words from some champion and from the professors, he feels himself more confident”, said Cordeiro.
The trainer of the Chute Boxe team also revelated that Wanderlei Silva may fight this year, only waiting the confirmation of the business. “I am sure he will be back to train this year. He and Rudimar are waiting an answer so he can be beck to the ring this year”, revelated Rafael, who was asked if Wanderlei would be back to fight up the ring and answered the question with the statement “back to fight this year”.
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Lost in the mix today with Chute Boxe’s announcement about the UFC’s possible acquisition of Mauricio Rua was the team also stating that they have added Evan Tanner to the mix.
Evan Tanner is back in Los Angeles with Coach Roberto Piccinini. He is determined to take back the UFC title from Anderson Silva and will be fighting under the Chute Boxe USA banner.
For those that don’t remember, Tanner previously trained with Chute Boxe USA for his fight against Justin Levens at UFC 59.
According to ChuteBoxe.com, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, has signed with the UFC and his debut could come as early as UFC 72.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has signed a contract with the UFC and may participate in UFC 72.
For those of you unaware, Shogun has spent the majority of his career in Japan fighting for PRIDE and he is widely considered the top light heavyweight in the world aside from UFC champion Chuck Liddell.
Shogun (16-2) holds stunning victories over the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Alistair Overeem, Kevin Randleman, and Ricardo Arona. The Curitiba, Brazil native is considered the future of the LHW division as he possesses a devastating arsenal of strikes and submissions.
Shogun’s only losses have been to UFC veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral at IFC: Global Domination in 2003 when he lost by guillotine and Mark Coleman at PRIDE 31 when he suffered a serious elbow injured which halted the bout.
Since returning from his injury Shogun has been on a tear racking up four straight victories with stoppages over Cyrille Diabate, Kevin Randleman and Alistair Overeem.