by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com

Liddell Ready to Welcome Silva Back to UFC

No one was
more excited by the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s official announcement that
Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva would finally fight at UFC 79 on Dec. 29 in
Las Vegas than Liddell himself.

very excited," the former light heavyweight champion told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve
been waiting for this fight for a long, long time.”

The bout
has been years in the making and many believed it would never happen, including
Liddell, "I thought that for a long time. I’ve always said I’ll be
surprised when it does (happen), but I’m happily surprised now and I can’t wait
until we get there."

Now that
the bout agreements have been signed and the fight is official, Dec. 29 cannot
come soon enough for Liddell.


With both
fighters coming off back-to-back losses, some think the match up has lost a
little of it’s luster, but Liddell disagrees.


think it’s going to be a huge fight because people have been waiting for it for
so long and people have been talking about it for so long."

Asked if
there was any added pressure to win coming in off two losses, Liddell replied,
"I’m just excited to get in there and fight Wanderlei. There’s no extra

me, it’s a chance to fight Wanderlei and put myself back in contention for a
title shot. I just want to fight. I’m glad I get the first shot at him."


Silva hasn’t
fought in the UFC for more than seven years. He lost a decision to Tito Ortiz
upon the promotion’s last trip to Japan in April of 2000.

been in several big fights in his storied career, but none he’s wanted more
than this one with the former Pride Fighting Championships middleweight


always said the opponent helps what motivates you during training, and this is
definitely one I’m excited to get in the gym to get ready for."

Not only
does the motivation appear to be there, Liddell also likes the stylistic match
up and his chances for a favorable outcome.


like a guy who comes at me and forces the fight. I don’t think this one goes to
a decision, that’s for sure. It might make it into the second or third round,
but someone is going out sooner or later.

plan on sending him out in the first round."


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