Whether you want to admit it or not, tomorrow night’s fight between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva is the biggest in the history of mixed martial arts.
It’s going to stay that way until and or if Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko even meet in the future.
The hype for this fight couldn’t be any greater. Not a day has gone by that I can remember for the past couple of weeks where I haven’t seen a commercial for UFC 79 somewhere. I’ve seen posters in stores, billboards in the city. Tonight’s UFC All-Access and Countdown to UFC 79 is only going to create more excitement.
It’s a matchup years in the making. Originally planned to happen in 2003 during PRIDE’s Middleweight Grand Prix, the UFC lent Liddell to the Japanese only to have him upset for the first of two times by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. UFC President Dana White hoped to make the dream match come to fruition last November but talks with PRIDE officials fell apart. So Dana and company went ahead and bought PRIDE which in turn ended up securing Wanderlei for them as well.
For years, a potential fight between these two has been debated back and forth between fans and MMA experts alike. If you’re a “nuthugger” of the UFC or PRIDE, you are salivating over this fight as it presents the ultimate UFC vs PRIDE situation.
As if all of that wasn’t already enough, one only has to look towards the styles of each fighter to know that this fight has the makings of an absolute war on the feet. It’s a fantastic bout pitting the aggressive striker against the counter-puncher. Doesn’t get any better than that.
All I know is that I’m getting more and more excited for tomorrow night with every passing minute and I’m sure that many others are sharing similar feelings. For those that still don’t realize or can’t comprehend what’s going down tomorrow night, those feelings will change as we count down the hours until Liddell and Silva finally clash.
It’s the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history. Can’t tell me different.
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