Top UFC light heavyweights Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, who were originally set to clash in the main event of UFC 85 earlier this month, will now square off at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta according to ESPN The Magazine.
“According to a UFC source, he will be Chuck Liddell’s mystery opponent in the organization’s debut in Atlanta. The fight has been agreed to in principleâ€”the only thing left is the paperwork,” said the report.
Their scheduled UFC 85 bout was scratched after Liddell was forced to withdraw due to a torn hamstring. Despite being rescheduled against a new opponent, Evans was eventually pulled from the fight card following an injury to substitute James Irvin, setting up the fall bout against Liddell.
Liddell (21-5), a former UFC light heavyweight champion, defeated Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision at UFC 79 in December after dropping his 205-pound title to Quinton Jackson and losing to Keith Jardine in back-to-back bouts. He has won eight of his last ten fights.
Evans (11-0-1) appeared on the Ultimate Fighter 2, winning the heavyweight tournament with a finale win over Brad Imes before dropping down to 205-pounds. He next won bouts over Sam Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert, and Sean Salmon to set up a bout against popular former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. Evans was able to keep his undefeated record intact despite losing the bout on the scorecards after a point deducted from Ortiz for grabbing the fence resulted in the bout being ruled a draw. In his last fight Evans defeated The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping by unanimous decision at UFC 78 last November.