Reports are surfacing that the UFC has decided to have former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell headline their April 18th event in Montreal, Canada against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. UFC 97 will be the organization’s second ever promotion at the Bell Centre.
FiveOuncesofPain confirmed the bout with a source close to the situation. An official announcement is expected in the coming weeks.
Shogun is coming off an unimpressive performance in his victory over UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman at UFC 93 on Saturday night.
Although he ultimately knocked out the 44-year-old in the 3rdRound, he looked nothing like the dominant fighter he was prior to his two knee surgeries.
Liddell is attempting one final run for a shot at the title. He is rebounding from the most devastating loss of his career after Rashad Evans knocked “The Iceman” out cold at UFC 88.