Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva, UFC 79, 29 December 2007
Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva represents rich MMA history and has been in the making since before 2003. In 2003, UFC President Dana White had been trying to match Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva for ages in what he declared as the best of UFC versus the best of Pride. That year, Dana White and Chuck Liddell traveled to Japan to challenge the best of the best Pride fighters in the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. In entering Chuck Liddell into the Middleweight Grand Prix, Chuck Liddell would earn the chance to fight Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva. Additionally, Chuck would fight other Pride MMA superstars in the tournament. This would ultimately give Dana White and more importantly, the fight fans an incredible UFC vs Pride tournament. Unfortunately, we never got to see Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva in 2003 as Chuck Liddell did not make it past the semi-finals against Rampage Jackson.
Now in 2007, Wanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell finally meet. Wanderlei has made a name for himself in Pride as one of the most aggressive and blood-thirsty MMA fighters in the world. He was the former Pride Middleweight Champion. Just before this fight, he lost the Middleweight belt to Dan Henderson in another Best of the Best MMA fight (Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II). Chuck Liddell has also burned a trail in MMA as a knock out artist with a deadly overhand right. His knock out abilities earned him the UFC Light Heavyweight belt and four successful defenses of it.
Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva is perhaps the fight fans ultimate fantasy match-up not only because of the rich MMA history that it represents. Let us not forget that the aggressive and explosive fighting styles that made them famous gave us the 2007 Fight of the Year.
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