According to a new article on Yahoo!, Kevin Iole is reporting in his latest MMA column that a proposed bout between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva is off after Silva reportedly informed UFC president Dana White that he did not want to fight Liddell.
The UFC has been looking for a fight to serve as a main event for UFC 76 on September 20 and had been pushing for Liddell vs. Silva. However, Wednesday was the apparent deadline to get the match done and according to Iole, the deadline passed without an accord being reached.
Iole’s report contradicts what had been previously reported on UFCJunkie.com and a loose translation that this reporter had gotten from Wanderlei Silva’s site.
So who is right and who isn’t?
That’s hard to say because the credibility of Iole and Junkie are both impeccable within the industry.
It should be noted though that Iole has a direct quote from White, which speaks volumes:
“This is the worst news I could have possibly gotten,” White said. “It’s horrendous. I have been trying to make this fight for six years. I have done everything in my power I could do over the last six years to make this fight and it’s still not happening. I just don’t see it happening now.”
We’re just going to have to wait and see how this one plays out. It seems odd that reps for Silva would say he doesn’t want the match when he has a story about the deal being done on his own site. I also find it a stretch that he doesn’t want to fight Liddell. If the money is right, why wouldn’t he fight him? But it all goes back to the quotes from White. You can’t really dispute a quote that comes straight from the boss’ mouth.
Was a deal on the table and about to be signed and it suddenly came a part at the last minute on Wednesday afternoon? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a match between Silva and Liddell fell through at the 11th hour.
To read Iole’s entire article, just click here.