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It's still fight a worth making and one that mixed martial arts fans want to see. But if comments this week from UFC boss Dana White hold true, it's a fight we won't see any time soon.

The announcement at UFC 61 of a Chuck Liddell-Wanderlei Silva throw-down sent a buzz through the MMA world. The Iceman vs. The Axe Murderer had action-fight-of-the-year written all over it.
As White whet our appetites for the duel, the caveat was made that the fall tilt was contingent on Liddell disposing of Babalu Sobral (done) and Silva getting through PRIDE's Final Conflict Absolute (ah, not-so-done).
Silva was walloped by Cro Cop at FCA and, as far as White's concerned, since Silva finished that fight on his back, he doesn't deserve a shot at the UFC's top dog.
"It kind of defeats the purpose now. The guy just got, literally, destroyed. They're (PRIDE) still saying we can do a fight in November. They can't do a fight in November. The athletic commission would put them on suspension for 90 days. The guy got knocked out cold. First, he got beaten to death, then he got knocked out cold. There's no way the guy could fight again in a month and a half. Plus, he just lost."
White's not shy. You have to respect his in-your-face sound bites and the way he defends UFC turf.

I agree with White's assessment about Silva's readiness. I don't have an M.D. after my name, but how could it be safe for him to fight in November after the beat down he suffered? No, it wasn't a 20-minute shellacking, but Cro Cop did a lot of damage in a hurry. For that reason, I question the logic of near-term fisticuffs.

Silva's loss, however, is a non-factor for me. He lost to a heavyweight; he's still a champion and the intrigue of PRIDE vs. UFC, with two of the biggest names in the sport, warrants the battle. It would draw a huge gate and do massive PPV business.

This much is clear - the fight won't happen this year. White said Liddell's next opponent is the winner of Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock, although I can't see how you can give Shamrock a shot at the Iceman. If Liddell wins that battle, White speculated that Rampage Jackson could be next.
 

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So Dana finally has an excuse as to why Liddell/Silva should not be shown! I agree that a month and a half is too soon for Silva but lets face facts, this match was on the rocks before Silva got knocked out by Cro Cop!
 

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convenient for Dana that Wand got blasted..this fight wasnt happening even if silva won the gp..the most intriguing thing to come out of this is the fight with Rampage..Chuck better come out with a better gameplan for this fight, or helll lose again.. Because rampage can take him down and seems to be able to strike with Chuck
 

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Dana honestly need to get KO'd himself...

because Wanderlei lost to the number 2 heavyweight in the world he doesnt deserve a title shot for LH? HA!

haha.. i would LOOOVVE to see Liddell fight "Cro Cop"... Mirko would make a ****ing meal of chuck.... and he only has to drop 8lbs to be a Light Heavyweight and make this fight happen

reality for dana.... Your Heavyweight division is underclassed... your LH is mediocore.. other then chuck and tito...middleweight & welterweight are strong.. and arnt u the same guy who took the Lightweight title away from UFC?.. and now only want to bring it back because Pride's Lightweights are shining?
 

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if Liddell were to fight Crocop he probably won't even land one punch. Dana should give fighters the respect they earn Silva had the balls to fight in a HW tourny with the very best of the best, Chuck would never have done that, he could'nt even make it to the finals of his own weight class tourny.

Dana should at least give the man the recognition he deserves even is he has a personal beef with the company he's working for
 

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Liddell will eventually get himself done by somebody from PRIDE. It will eventually happen (Not if you count the Rampage fight)

Dana just doesn't want to see his main betting chip get shut down in the first round. It's bad for buisness.

Either way you can only hold out for so long. PRIDE has enough heavyweights and lightweights to run through the UFC 3 times over. Anybody that avoids that fact is lying to himself.

I like Liddell, but the dude doesn't have a bright future, and its only a matter of time before PRIDE starts visiting Dana in his nightmares.
 
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