On December 29th, the most anticipated match in Mixed Martial Arts history will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC fans have been waiting to see Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva go at it since Dana White first announced the fight would happen at UFC 62. Now it's finally time.
The fans are so excited to because the fighters' styles are the same—they like to stand and bang with their opponents, which almost always makes for an exciting fight.
The Liddell-Silva fight could well be a thriller, but there's also a good chance it could be a first-round knockout. Silva is a straight-ahead fighter who isn't scared to mix it up—but as you can tell from his last two fights, that plan can often backfire.
That's why I would give the edge to Liddell in this one.
Liddell is more of a counter fighter—he likes to sit back and wait for his opponent to open up. I expect an overexcited Silva to come straight in at Liddell before getting caught and going down.
A lot of people are talking about how Silva beat Quinton Jackson, and how Liddell struggles with Rampage. But in the last fight between Liddell and Rampage, Liddell only got knocked out because of a stupid mistake—he came in and tried a lead punch to the body, and Rampage capitalized by landing a nice left hook.
I can guarantee Liddell won't make that same mistake in this fight.
All told, this is a do-or-die matchup, as both men are coming off two losses in a row and will be exceptionally hungry for the win. I for one can't wait to see it.