Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – UFC 97

Two of the sport’s biggest names at 205 will face off in a highly anticpated battle to climb the hill that comprises the stacked Light Heavyweight division in the UFC.  

The news came via the UFC 93 post fight press conference, with Dana White announcing the bout being set as the main event for UFC 97 which is to take place on April 18th in Montreal, Canada.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (17-3, 1-1 UFC) is coming off his victory over UFC legend Mark Coleman at UFC 93.  Once highly regarded as the top 205’er on the planet, Shogun was disappointing in his showing versus Forrest Griffin and was slated to fight Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 before suffering yet another injury to his knee.

Chuck Liddell was also bitten by the injury bug with a severe injury to his hamstring before the event took place and was sidelined until his appearance at UFC 88 in Atlanta, GA.

Chuck Liddell (21-6, 17-5 UFC) is coming off a devastating knockout loss to the current Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and has lost 3 of his last 4 Octagon appearances.  The former UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion lost his title via KO to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, then suffered a decision loss to Keith Jardine before returing to his old form in an all out war with Wanderlei Silva.  

It appeared that “The Iceman” was back in full force going into UFC 88 in Atlanta when he ran into the right hand of Rashad Evans.  Liddell suffered the worst defeat of his career to the fast rising Rashad Evans as Evans beat him to the punch landing a blazing right hand sending Chuck slumping to the canvas.

MMA fans have been waiting for years for the Liddell vs. Shogun matchup, but it just may be a little too late to generate the same buzz and excitement that it once would have.  If this fight was 2 years ago, fans would be salivating with anticipation of an all out war between these two legends of the sport.

Stay tuned to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) for information on the card for UFC 97 as more bouts are announced.