Following today’s original broadcast of UFC 93, the company announced the following main events:
- UFC 96 (March 7, Columbus, Ohio) will feature top light heavyweight contenders Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith Jardine. This would seem to indicate that the winner of the January 31st bout between unbeaten fighters Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will get the next shot at Rashad Evans and the light heavyweight title.
- UFC 97 (April 19, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) will see Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua face off. This one surprised me, because Shogun was less than stellar in victory over Mark Coleman and if they’re really looking to catapault Liddell back into contention (which they always are), a win over Shogun isn’t going to mean much to the casual fanbase. Rua is going to need a return to form, because the Shogun that fought Mark Coleman tonight would probably get knocked out by Liddell in quick fashion.
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