Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced the complete fight card for its second venture into Canada, UFC 97, which will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on April 18.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his title against Thales Leites in the show’s main event. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will battle former PRIDE standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the co-featured bout.
Other matchups taking place on the televised main card include former WEC light heavyweight title holder Brian Stann making his UFC debut against Krzysztof Soszynski, a clash between rising heavyweight contenders Cheick Kongo and Antoni Hardonk, and WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell going up against Luiz Cane.
The six-bout preliminary portion of the card features many notable Canadians in action including Jason MacDonald taking on Nate Quarry, Denis Kang welcoming UFC newcomer Xavier Foupa-Pokam, and former UFC middleweight title challenger David Loiseau returning to the UFC against Ed Herman.
The complete card for the event is below.
Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites (UFC Middleweight Title)
Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
Steve Cantwell vs. Luiz Cane
Denis Kang vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry
David Loiseau vs. Ed Herman
Mark Bocek vs. David Bielkheden
Ryo Chonan vs. T.J. Grant
Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman
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