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Ah, For Christ’s Sake: Rua Blows Out Knee, Will Not Face Liddell

(One of the most hospitalized fighters in MMA is at it again.)

That’s the official word from the UFC:

Scheduled to make his return to the Octagon this June against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in London, light heavyweight star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has instead been forced to withdraw from the bout due to a ruptured ACL in his left knee, the same injury he had surgery on to repair last October after his UFC 76 fight with Forrest Griffin.

Surgery on the injured knee will be scheduled shortly, and there is no word on when Rua will be cleared to return to the Octagon.

Liddell’s opponent for UFC 85, which will be held at London’s O2 Arena on June 7th, will be announced shortly.

Damn it, we were really looking forward to that one. All we can say to Rua is find a competent surgeon or find a new line of work; we’ve seen more pictures of you in a hospital bed than in a gym. And who knows who Liddell’s replacement opponent will be, because all of the UFC’s other top 205ers are already busy around that time. Check it…

Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin: fighting each other in July
Lyoto Machida, Tito Ortiz: fighting each other in May
Wanderlei Silva, Keith Jardine: fighting each other in May
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou: scheduled to fight Kazuhiro Nakamura in May
Thiago Silva, Rashad Evans: likely to fight each other in May

That doesn’t really leave anyone else that would give Chuck a serious challenge. We’d guess that either T. Silva, Evans, or Sokoudjou will be pulled off the match they were slated for to fight Chuck. Thiago and Sokoudjou might be interesting opponents, but a win for Chuck wouldn’t do much to prove he’s ready for another title shot, and a loss would sink him. Fucking Shogun — this kind of ruins everything.

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Ray K- March 5, 2008 at 6:54 am
he is fightin evans
blah..blah..blah- March 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm
How about Liddell Vs. .....ME
pookysdabomb- March 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Chuck vs Huston
Scumbag Jones- March 4, 2008 at 5:40 am
Henderson wouldn't be a bad idea. He walks around at, what, 195, iirc? Puts on 10 to fight lgt. hvy, takes off 10 to fight middle. Might be a little soon but dude is an old school warrior. Did he have a medical suspension?

How about instead of pulling any fighters out of a match, just throw Chuck into the cage for the Silva/Jardine fight and make it a menage a troi of pain. Three man enter, one man leave.
The Bloc- March 4, 2008 at 4:44 am
i was saying that as a joke, but like sideshow said, dont count him out, Dana white is all about the money and the spectacle, a liddell/silva fight would sell a ol lot better than a liddel/alexander fight in London...of course sport-wise it wouldnt make much sense but come on..deep know you wanna see that :D
Peterw- March 4, 2008 at 4:23 am
Houston Alexander vs Chuck Liddell would actually be a good match up. But I don't think they would make Houston Alexander the head liner yet.

Henderson to 205 would be good, but I don't think he would take fight / move up, would be awesome though.
Sideshow- March 4, 2008 at 3:09 am
My guess is Alexander will be the guy w/a good performance over Irvin.

However, DO NOT RULE OUT ANDERSON SILVA. This, like everything else, is about MONEY!!! Can you think of a bigger/must see fight than Anderson moving up in weight to face Chuck?!?!? I can't.
conner- March 4, 2008 at 3:08 am
maybe henderson will go back to 205, but another loss for him will be brutal...besides i dont know if he would be willing to go back to 205 again after losing all the weight to fight silva...
alan- March 4, 2008 at 1:06 am
idd fucking Shogun
BIG CHRIS- March 4, 2008 at 12:13 am
Put him up against Houston Alexander!!! That would be awesome.....and sorry Bloc there is no reason for Anderson Silva to fight Chuck Liddell The Spider should go to Light Havy for one reason only, and that is a title shot....
The Bloc- March 4, 2008 at 12:00 am
what about Anderson silva vs liddell lol lets feed anderson a few burgers and lets get it on!!