Las Vegas, Nev. (USA) – In anticipation of UFC 71: LIDDELL vs. JACKSON taking place May 26th in Las Vegas, Azteca America – the fastest growing Hispanic Television Network in the United States – will present a one-hour special dedicated to this UFC® mega-fight of the summer. “La Venganza de Chuck Liddell,” hosted by Troy Santiago, will telecast Saturday, May 12th immediately following the quarter finals of the Mexican League soccer game Cruz Azul vs. Tecos.
“La Venganza de Chuck Liddell” marks the first ever mixed martial arts (MMA) special to air on a national Spanish television network in the United States. Fox Sports en Espanol Spanish soccer narrator Troy Santiago hosts this Ultimate Fighting Championship® special, guiding Azteca America viewers through a series of fights including UFC 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ.
The special focuses on Chuck Liddell’s mission to avenge all of his previous losses to date. Considered the most recognizable mixed martial arts fighter in the world, and currently featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, Liddell has been fighting in the UFC since UFC 17 in 1998. He has fought with the organization 17 times and has only lost three times in his nearly ten-year history. He avenged his first loss to Jeremy Horn at UFC 54 in 2005, and his second loss to Randy Couture at UFC 52 and again at UFC 57 in their rubber match. Now Liddell looks to erase his last career loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 71.
Liddell won the UFC Light Heavyweight title in April 2005. He has knocked out his last seven opponents, which includes his last four title defenses. He intends to make UFC 71 his fifth successful defense with a knockout win over Jackson.
“I’ve been waiting for this fight with Rampage for a long time. I’m excited about it and I will knock him out,” said Liddell. “This is the last loss on my record that I have to avenge so I want to put that behind me and then look at new challenges.”
“I’m excited to make this long awaited rematch a reality for UFC fans,” said UFC President Dana White. “Chuck has been on a mission to avenge all of his losses. He avenged Randy Couture, then Jeremy Horn and now standing in the way is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Rampage is extremely excited to finally be in the UFC, and is very confident that his second fight in the UFC will earn him the light heavyweight championship. This is without a doubt the blockbuster fight of the summer.”