September and October are shaping up to be exciting months for Mixed Martial Arts fans. The UFC has four events planned, Elite XC and Kimbo Slice are returning to CBS, and Affliction will be hosting their sophomore show. That’s a lot of quality fighting, folks.
UFC 88 is first and will take place on September 6. The card features some of the marquee names and best talent in all of MMA. Chuck Liddell is slated to headline against undefeated Ultimate Fighter alum, Rashad Evans, in what Liddell hopes will propel him to a title shot. Well-known fighters like Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Karo Parysian, Matt Hamill and Nate Marquardt will do battle as well.
With so many promotions gaining media attention, the UFC seems poised to lead MMA further into mainstream culture. UFC 88 is geared toward getting this major push started smoothly. And, with so many excellent fighters, it’s difficult to imagine this show disappointing.
Ultimately, this main event may very well determine the future of the Iceman. If Liddell is to lose this fight, reclaiming his former belt and elite stature could be out of reach. Another loss would be Liddell’s third in his last four and would be an indication that his dominance has begun to wane. However, a win would put him right back into title contention and could set up a fight the UFC badly wants, a clash between two of their biggest stars, Liddell and champion Forrest Griffin. September 6 will mark a critical juncture in Chuck Liddell’s career and how he fares will have far reaching ramifications for the light heavyweight division itself.
All of us are MMA enthusiasts who clearly enjoy the sport. But, who amongst us are real experts? As of this article, I will start keeping track of my prediction statistics, to see how I fare. I encourage all of you to do the same so we can all see whose analysis and betting abilities are best.