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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.

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.

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.

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.

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