The time has come, and December 29th is the date. Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell (20-5-0) will face off against “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (31-7-1) at UFC 79 in Las Vegas. After years of being let down, Dana White officially announced the bout during a commercial break at the 2007 Scream Awards on SpikeTV.
Both Liddell and Silva have had their imprints on the 205-lbs. weight class for nearly a decade. They had an opportunity to meet at the finals of the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Tournament, but Liddell was unable to get past Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who proceeded to lose to Silva in the finals.
Then there was “The Staredown” at UFC 61 when PRIDE was still a functioning organization, Wanderlei Silva was brought into the Octagon with Chuck Liddell to officially announce a fight that would never take place.
Dana White then blamed PRIDE for ruining the mystique of Wanderlei Silva by putting him against two straight fighters (Mirko “Cro Cop” & Dan Henderson) with knockout power, who both laid out Silva.
Another opportunity arose when the UFC announced that if Chuck Liddell could defeat Keith Jardine, fans would finally get to see Silva and Liddell face off at UFC 79.
We all know what happened there as Liddell was stunned again with a unanimous decision loss to Jardine, and again the biggest fight in MMA history was lost. Until now… People are going to be skeptical until both fighters are standing inside the Octagon on Saturday, December 29th, 2007.
Hopefully this time the UFC won’t let this fight slip through their hands, because this is the last chance.