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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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More on the Liddell-Silva Saga

Some more details on whether or not Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva may or may not finally fight in December…

MMA Weekly spoke to Liddell trainer John Hackleman yesterday and Hackleman said that he won’t believe anything is official until he sees some signatures on paper:

“I’ll believe it when I see the signatures,” he said of the proposed fight that has been on-again, off-again for the past several years.

I think everyone would tend to agree with Hackleman.

However Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer is reporting a different kind of news. Kind of like Liddell and Silva verbally agreeing to fight:

Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva is now verbally agreed upon by both sides to take place on 12/29 in Las Vegas

Meltzer is a very reliable guy when it comes to rumors like this but we’ll see what happens. The timing between Meltzer finding out of the news and Hackleman’s comments to MMA Weekly could be farther apart than we think. I’m not going to say that Hackleman isn’t permitted to talk about the matchup because we all know that he loves to speak his mind.

Back to the Future: UFC 79

Two new rumors and one kind of old one to report for UFC 79…

The Fight Network’s Loretta Hunt is reporting that Tony DeSouza will return to the Octagon to face Roan Carneiro:

Tony DeSouza has been slated to face Roan Carneiro in a welterweight bout at Dec. 29’s UFC 79 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.  In most recent action, the ground savvy DeSouza touts a first-round submission victory over Ohio upstart Dustin Hazelett (10-3) from last October’s UFC Fight Night featuring Tito Ortiz versus Ken Shamrock in Hollywood, Fla. DeSouza suffered a second-round knockout loss to American Top Team’s Thiago Alves (12-3) at last December 29’s UFC 66 in Las Vegas, and has not competed in the ten months since.

“My last fight made me very hungry to get back in the game,” says DeSouza, 33. “I am looking forward to my return.”

DeSouza will be training with B.J. Penn, Renato Verissimo, and Joe Lauzon in Hawaii for the fight.

Brazilian website Tatame recently interviewed Fabricio Werdum who stated that his next opponent may be Frank Mir:

“I thought that my next opponent was going to be Tim Sylvia but it ended up not being him. Now I’ve heard rumors saying that it might be Frank Mir. However I’m training at a high level so I’m ready for anyone.”

Even bigger than those two combined was a statement made by Chuck Liddell’s trainer John Hackleman during a recent interview with FightHype where he says that the UFC is most likely going to match Liddell and Wanderlei Silva together for UFC 79:

PC: I know you guys were eyeballing a fight with Shogun, but his knee surgery will prevent that fight from happening. Will you still like to get the Wanderlei fight?

JH: Looks like the Wanderlei fight is going to happen.

PC: Ok, is it still going to be in December?

JH: December, yeah!

Like I’ve said before there is no better time to finally do Liddell-Silva then right now. It might even be the only chance actually. Hackelman continues to seem confident that Chuck is going to facing Silva and he’s rarely wrong. I guess we’ll find out for sure in the coming weeks.

Liddell-Silva Still Possible?

Loretta Hunt’s latest interview with longtime Chuck Liddell trainer John Hackleman gives hope that Liddell and Wanderlei Silva might be matched up after all:

Last week, Hackleman had intonated his star pupil was in line to fight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at Dec. 29’s UFC 79 in Las Vegas, Nev., a fight he’d told UFC brass Liddell (20-5) would take. Rua was another casualty of UFC 76, when he was systematically dismantled by Forrest Griffin, succumbing to exhaustion and a rear-naked choke in the third round’s final seconds. Rua has since undergone surgery for a torn knee ligament and has been added to a growing disabled list that also includes current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

“We though it was going to be ‘Shogun,’” Hackleman said, “but now instead of saying ‘no’ to Wanderlei [Silva], they’re saying maybe. We’ve wanted Wanderlei all along. When I told Chuck [it was still a possibility], he was almost as excited about it as when he found out he was fighting Tito [Ortiz].”

I have to admit now that a few weeks have passed since Chuck’s loss to Keith Jardine, I’m feeling a lot better about a Liddell-Silva matchup. So much that I’m getting that feeling in my stomach when thinking about it. UFC 79 has the possibility to be absolutely huge. Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra and all of the trash talking that has gone on for the title. Liddell-Silva maybe. B.J. Penn against either Sean Sherk or Joe Stevenson. Plus some of the other names that have been rumored for the card. Huge.

The two being paired together will easily cause both fighters to train like never before. Chuck could perform a lot better than expected. Remember after his loss to Couture at UFC 43, his next fight was Tito Ortiz of all people. Maybe a fight against Keith Jardine coming off a loss really didn’t do it for Chuck.


Dear Dana,

Please make Liddell-Silva happen.


Chuck vs Wanderlei: Happening or Not?

It’s been rumored for a while now that Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva may finally meet later this year, possibly at UFC 76.

The rumors went to the next level earlier today when UFC Junkie reported that Liddell and Silva had verbally agreed to fight and that the contract would be signed the next time Silva returned to the USA.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and former longtime PRIDE Fighting Championships middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva have verbally agreed to a fight that will take place at UFC 76 in September. That’s according to a source close to the Chute Boxe team who recently spoke to UFC Junkie.

According to the source, the two fighters have agreed on “numbers” and a verbal agreement has been reached. Additionally, the fight likely will be signed once the Brazilian Silva returns to the U.S., the source said.

Silva’s official website even supports UFC Junkie’s claim as a new post popped this afternoon stating that Silva’s next fight would be against Liddell on September 22 at UFC 76.

So why is Liddell’s camp saying that the fight isn’t going to happen?

The Fight Network is reporting via Liddell head trainer John Hackleman that the UFC hasn’t notified Liddell or his camp that a fight with Silva has been signed:

“This is news to us,” Hackleman said. “As of this evening, we have not been notified by the UFC.”

We will definitely be following this story as it unfolds…

CKA: Jan 12, 2007

News and Notes

- The IFL has confirmed that “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler will participate in a superfight against rising Brazilian star Eduardo Pamplona on the upcoming February 23rd event in Atlanta, Ga.

- The UFC has launched the official site for UFC 67: All or Nothing. It can be found here.

- Last night on ‘Inside the UFC’, Randy “The Natural” Couture sat down with Joe Rogan and announced that he signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC and his first fight will come against UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia.

- Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries is scheduled to take place at UFC 68.

- King of the Cage will be coming to Hull, Quebec January 20th with their card dubbed King of the Cage : Freedom Fight.

KOTC: Freedom Fight

Travis Galbraith vs. Craig Brown (205 lbs.)
Mark Bocek vs. Matt Fiordirosa (155 lbs.)
TJ Grant vs. Nick Portieous (170 lbs.)
Barry McDonald vs. Tony Legnaro (155 lbs.)
Markhaile Wedderburn vs. Mickel Alexander (185 lbs.)
Jean Marc Lalonde vs. Brett Portieous (155 lbs.)
Stephane Lamarche vs. Garrett Velroy (170 lbs.)
Nick Denis vs. Shawn Lalonde (145 lbs.)
Wayne Xilon vs. John Cole (250 lbs. challenge fight)
Yan Fortier vs. Allen Harvey (170 lbs.)
Andre Dreosiers vs. Mike Delorne (Heavyweight challenge fight)

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