by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its first trip to the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday night. The main event is a light heavyweight feature bout between former champion Chuck Liddell and Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner Rashad Evans.
Liddell and Evans were first scheduled to fight on June 7 at UFC 85 in London. Evans had stepped in to face “The Iceman” when Liddell’s original opponent, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, had to withdraw due to a knee injury. A subsequent injury to Liddell and several mis-starts with replacements saw Evans eventually withdrawn from the card as well.
The two will finally meet on Saturday night at UFC 88 to narrow down the list of contenders to current UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.
In other action at UFC 88, Rich Franklin, running into a middleweight roadblock named Anderson Silva, returns to the 205-pound division to face Ultimate Fighter alumnus Matt Hamill. Nate Marquardt and Martin Kampmann jockey for position in the queue to challenge Silva for his UFC gold. Dan Henderson works to retain his position as a contender in the middleweight division, while his opponent, Rousimar Palhares, looks to take Henderson’s place in line for a title shot.
UFC 88: BREAKTHROUGH
September 6, 2008
Main Card Bouts:
-Chuck Liddell (#4 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Rashad Evans
-Rich Franklin (#3 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Matt Hamill
-Karo Parisyan (#10 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
-Dan Henderson (#9 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Rousimar Palhares
-Nate Marquardt (#8 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Martin Kampmann
-Kurt Pellegrino vs. Thiago Tavares
-Mike Patt vs. Tim Boetsch
-Dong Hyun Kim vs. Matt Brown
-Jason Lambert vs. Jason MacDonald
-Roan Carneiro vs. Ryo Chonan
*Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings