In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell stated that his next opponent possibly would be former Pride standout, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
SI.com: So what’s next for you? Have you been told your next opponent?
Liddell:Possibly Mauricia “Shogun” Hua. That’s what they’re saying. If it’s the June fight, it will probably be in London. But my trainer is trying to get it moved to Vegas. Too far. (Liddell is based in San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
This is good news for Keith Jardine who was looking for a while as being Liddell’s next opponent, which would’ve been a bit harsh considering he had already beaten Liddell decisively in his last fight.
The only problem I have with this match-up is that I would have liked to have seen Shogun get a warm up fight before he was tested again. I guess you could say Griffin was meant to be his warm up fight but as we all know, it didn’t work out that way.
The June/July date speculated by Liddell could very well coincide with a UFC event headlined by a title fight between current light-heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin. If so, this bout would most certainly be booked as the co-main event.