Chuck Liddell was recently on MMA Weekly Radio discussing his plans for the near future...
Liddell stated that his next opponent will most likely be Tito Ortiz for the Light-Heavyweight title in December provided that Ortiz gets by Ken Shamrock on October 10th as expected.
Although a major push was made to get the fight with Wanderlei Silva worked out, things fell apart. Chuck noted that the announcement made at UFC 60 was a ploy by Pride to use the venue to promote themselves. He also said that the deal fell through because of Pride and had nothing to do with Wanderlei.
As always, Liddell expressed interest in rematching Quinton Jackson and avenging his loss to him a few years ago. Chuck said that Rampage signed with the WFA to avoid him. When interestingly asked if he would ever move up a weight class and fight in the heavyweight division, Liddell didn’t rule out the possibility and said that he was open to fighting anyone.
He was questioned about retirement and when it would take place - Liddell said that he would be taking things one day at a time and that he doesn’t have plans to stop fighting any time soon.
On top of announcing Tyson Griffin vs. David Lee, the UFC made it official that Gabriel Gonzaga and Mario Neto will battle in the octagon.
Also added to the UFC 63 card, which will be held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California is an intriguing heavyweight clash between UFC contender Gabriel Gonzaga and Mario ‘Sukata’ Neto, a rugged veteran who will fight in the Octagon for the first time.
Reports are circulating that Frank Mir will take on Brandon Vera at UFC 65. If legitimate, this matchup could have pretty big implications on the heavyweight divison and both fighters in general. A win for either Mir or Vera could establish them as one of title contenders in the heavyweight division along with Jeff Monson. A loss for Vera would be a step back in what seems to be a promising career for the young star; for Mir, a defeat could spell the end of his time with the UFC and possibly big-time MMA competition.
Paul Buentello has been released by the UFC and is now officially a free agent.
They have a right to match any offer I get. I called them myself to see what the deal was. I wanted to hear it with my own ears instead of what my manager told me. I told them what I needed and they said they couldn’t do that. As of today I am a free agent.
Dan Severn will take on Jim Dobson in his 90th career MMA fight at Extreme Cage Combat 2: Collision Course on June 30th…
MMAWeekly.com is reporting that Bas Rutten will make his return to MMA and take on Kimo Leopoldo at WFA’s King of the Streets on July 22nd in Los Angeles. Rutten hasn’t fought since winning the UFC Heavyweight title from Kevin Randleman in 1999.