It's official: UFC 79 to feature Liddell vs. W. Silva
Twenty minutes into Spike TV's presentation of Scream 2007, UFC President Dana White made the announcement that MMA fans have been waiting months if not years to hear: Chuck Liddell will finally face Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79.
Maybe one of the worst-kept secrets in recent UFC history, fans were tantalized by misplaced teasers over the last few days. But, nothing was official until tonight.
This fight won't have quite the luster it would have had about 15 months ago when both fighters were champions of their respective promotions. Instead, we have a matchup between two fighters trying to end two-fight losing streaks (Silva has lost to Mirko Cro Cop and Dan Henderson and Liddell has lost to Rampage Jackson and Kieth Jardine).
Still, this a fight White and MMA fans have wanted for a long time and now they get it. If the Internet forums and blogs are any indication, this matchup will have fans buzzing for the next two months.