Dana says Liddell/Silva unlikely to happen
By Zach Arnold
CP (Canadian Press) reports that UFC is now postponing plans for a fight in November between Chuck Liddell and Vanderlei Silva. This news comes one month after Dana White announced on PPV (in Las Vegas) that Silva would fight Liddell.
He cited problems in dealing with the Japan-based Pride Fighting Championships that is home to Silva.
So, once again, PRIDE continues to talk big in the Japanese press (like a pro-wrestling promotion would do over there) and Dana White kills those imaginations with a dose of reality, similar to how K-1 matchmaker Sadaharu Tanigawa claimed that UFC 60 did 800,000 buys — only for Mr. White to call that claim the dumbest thing he had ever heard of.
Without Liddell vs. Silva happening, any talk of a mutually cooperative “interpromotional war” between PRIDE & UFC seems false, as UFC isn’t acting as a willing partner. Furthermore, Mr. White looks immensely idiotic for once again promoting the competition (PRIDE) on national PPV and then not getting the fight signed, sealed, and delivered.