Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has suffered a torn hamstring and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 85 main event bout against Rashad Evans, the Ultimate Fighting Championship today announced.
Here’s an excerpt from the official announcement:
“Unfortunately, Chuck Liddell tore his right hamstring during training last week, and being the warrior that he is, he still wanted to fight, which is the reason why everyone in the world loves him,” said Dana White, UFC President. “But I wouldn’t let anyone fight with his leg looking that way. Let him heal and come back and fight when he is 100 percent.”
White continued, “We’re adding fights to the card and rearranging it so the UK fans won’t have to worry, we’ll still be bringing an amazing card to London and the O2 Arena. The UFC always delivers.”
The UFC will announce a new main event shortly, along with a full lineup of 13 fights for the UFC 85 card, making it the biggest UFC event in over a decade.
James Irvin has reportedly agreed to replace Liddell against Evans in the UFC 85 main event. Irvin has won three of his last four fights in the UFC including his past two straight. His last UFC loss came as the result of a serious knee injury suffered against Thiago Silva at UFC 71. Previously he was defeated by Stephan Bonnar and Mike Kyle in UFC bouts. Inside the octagon he has earned victories over Terry Martin, Hector Ramirez, Luis Arthur Cane, and a record-setting 8-second knockout of Houston Alexander.
Click the above image for a larger picture of Liddell’s torn hamstring courtesy of UFC.com.
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