UFC 88: BREAKTHROUGH
- Date: September 6, 2008
- Location: Atlanta, GA
- Venue: Phillips Arena
Scheduled PPV Fight Card
- MAIN EVENT: Chuck Liddell vs Rashad Evans
- Rich Franklin vs Matt Hamill
- Karo Parisyan vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida
- Dan Henderson vs Rousimar Palhares
- Martin Kampmann vs Nate Marquardt
UFC's return to Georgia features a main event bout between former Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck "Iceman" Liddell (21-5) and the undefeated Rashad "Sugar" Evans (11-0-1).
Liddell looks to get back into title contention following a unamious decision victory over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 Nemesis in December 2007. A recent injury has put him on the shelf for the most part of 2008.
Some fans favored Liddell vs. Silva as a prominent Fight of the Year candidate for 2007 and I expect the same fireworks at UFC 88 given Liddell's choice to stand and bang with his opponents.
Beware—standing on the other side of the octagon from the Iceman is no pushover. Evans, along with Keith Jardine and international guest Georges "Rush" St. Pierre—the current UFC Welterweight Champion, is from Jackon's Submission Fighting camp.
Before Evans joined up with coach Greg Jackson, he developed his natural ability to wrestle from collegiate experience at Michigan State. Evans has notable wins over Jason Lambert, Ultimate Fighter 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar, and more recently Michael Bisping by split decision at UFC 78: Validation.
"Sugar" is looking to take this fight to the ground with his proven wrestling talent. Liddell has not faced a fighter with an overwhelming take-down capability since his infamous main event battle with Tito Ortiz at UFC 66.
It was Liddell's second fight against the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" and ending in a third-round TKO for Liddell.
Will Evans do what Ortiz couldn't and put Liddell on his back? Or will Liddell send Evans home with his first professional defeat?
Come September 6th we will all find out!
Chuck Liddell defeats Rashad Evans by TKO in Second Round
The UFC's last event in Georgia was on May 30, 1997. The event was titled "UFC 13: The Ultimate Force". UFC 13 featured two four-man tournaments in both a lightweight and heavyweight designated weight-class.
UFC 13 marked the first appearance in the octagon for MMA legend and future UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, as well as Tito Ortiz, who was an alternate in the lightweight tournment.
Couture won the heavyweight tournament defeating Steven Graham in the finals by TKO in the First Round.
Ortiz competed in the lightweight tournament finals as an alternate while suffering defeat to current HDNet Fights President, Guy Mezger, by submission in the First Round.