Dana White was very excited when speaking about the Chuck Liddell – Wanderlei Silva match. After hearing White’s comments, I would not be surprised at all if Liddell and Silva met again.
“Chuck and Wanderlei was a great fight. If Chuck and Wanderlei makes sense again, and the fans want it, we’ll do it,” White said.
With the UFC spending so much time and effort putting the first fight together, I can clearly see the company’s motivation in signing a rematch. A lot of that will depend on the buy-rates for UFC 79. Nevertheless, Liddell and Silva was a classic. The fight easily met expectations if not exceed them.
Any fight Liddell is in instantly becomes a match in the main event or the semi main-event. Looking down the roster of light heavyweights right now, the name that really pops out as a viable opponent for Liddell is Lyoto Machida. While that would be an interesting fight for true MMA fans. I don’t know that it would be the draw that Liddell-Silva II would be.
With Silva being new to the UFC, there are a lot more potential options available – a Tito Ortiz rematch? maybe Houston Alexander if he gets an impressive win under his belt? Even Stephan Bonnar has talked about fighting Silva.
Of all those names though, Liddell appears to be the one that jumps out the most. With everyone already seeing the great match-up the first fight was, the rematch may be inevitable.