Dana White: Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell “Possible” for UFC 79 -- UFC news at UFCjunkie.com
Sam Caplan, editor of fiveounchesofpain.com and a UFCjunkie.com (UFC news, MMA news, UFC rumors, UFC gossip, fighter interviews and event previews and recaps - UFCjunkie.com
) contributor, recently scored an elusive interview with UFC President Dana White. And while a number of interesting tidbits came out of the conversation, MMA fans will probably be most interested to hear that a much-anticipated bout between Wanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell could happen at UFC 79 in December.
White, though, admits that there are a few hurdles that must first be cleared.
He says that Liddell must emerge victorious from his UFC 76 main event with Keith Jardine later this month, and of course, the former champ must be healthy enough for the fight, which takes place three months later in Las Vegas.
From Caplan’s story at CBSSports.com:
Q: So it’s possible we could finally see Liddell vs. Silva on Dec. 29?
DW: It’s possible. Liddell would have to win. Liddell would have to come out injury free. There’s a lot of ifs.
Q: But if he’s able to beat Jardine and get through the match healthy, is that the match we’re going to see on Dec. 29?
DW: I’d like to see it, wouldn’t you?
The UFC triumphantly announced last month that Silva had signed a deal with the organization.
Back in July, a deal fell apart in the final hours that would have pitted Silva against Chuck Liddell at UFC 76. UFCjunkie.com first reported that a tentative agreement had been reached, but when Silva asked to fight in November rather September, the deal was scrapped and Liddell was instead scheduled to face Jardine.
Silva (31-7-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC), a Brazilian Jiu-Jistu black belt and one of PRIDE’s most successful fighters, is coming off back-to-back losses to Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Dan Henderson, but he remains one of the world’s top-ranked fighters.
To read Caplan’s full story — which includes updates on the HBO negotiations, the demise of PRIDE Fighting Championships, the firing of Renato “Babalu” Sobral, the future of Sean Sherk and other topics — head over to CBSSports.com