MMAFrenzy.com learned this morning that more bouts have been announced for UFC 97: Redemption, which is to take place on April 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The event is to feature headlining bouts between Thales Leites and Middle Weight Champion Anderson Silva, as well as Former Light Heavy Weight Champion Chuck Liddell facing off against 2005 PRIDE middleweight grand prix winner Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The added bouts include the return of one-time middleweight contender, and Montreal native, David “The Crow” Loiseau to face off against former TUF contender and Team Quest product Ed “Short Fuse” Herman. “The Crow” is on a three fight winning streak and hasn’t been stopped in almost five years. Herman was a highly touted prospect during his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, but has shown to be inconsistent in his UFC career, and suffered losses in each of his last two bouts.
Also added to the card, former World Extreme Cagefighting Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann will make his UFC debut against TUF 9 participant, and Team Quest product, Canadian Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 97. Former Marine Stann was expected to make his promotional debut against Steve Cantwell in December, but had to withdraw due to injury. Soszynski was dispatched from “The Ultimate Fighter” by Vinny Magalhaes, but went on to defeat Shane Primm via Kimura at the season’s finale event. Considering both fighters’ strengths and history one would expect this bout to take place mostly on the feet, and likely end in fireworks.
Other bouts booked for UFC 97: Redemption include a middleweight match-up pitting Nate “The Rock” Quarry against Canadian Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald and a lightweight tilt between Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts Mark Bocek and David Bielkheden.