The UFC has announced one half of the co main event for UFC 97 which will take place from Montreal, Quebec in April.
As had been previously rumored, Anderson Silva is likely to defend his UFC Middleweight Title against Thales Leites while Chuck Liddell will now take on Maurcio “Shogun” Rua.
Dave Meltzer has the scoop from Ireland where UFC 93 emanated Saturday. Rua fought on the card, picking a TKO victory over Mark Coleman in the third round of a fight that was a lackluster showing for the former #1 ranked light heavyweight in the world.
Liddell last fought in September, losing via a devastating KO punch to Rashad Evans in what was a number one contender fight for the 205lb title. Evans would go on the defeat Forrest Griffin in December to win the crown.