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UFC 88 Fight Card Finalized

With the recent bookings of bouts between Martin Kampmann and Nate Marquardt as well as Jason Day vs. Jason Lambert, the lineup for UFC 88: Breakthrough (September 6th, Atlanta) is now complete. Here’s what we’re looking at:

Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans (light-heavyweights)
Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill (light-heavyweights)
Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (welterweights)
Dan Henderson vs. Rousimar Palhares (middleweights)
Martin Kampmann vs. Nate Marquardt (middleweights)

Thiago Tavares vs. Kurt Pellegrino (lightweights)
Tim Boetsch vs. James Lee (light-heavyweights)
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Matt Brown (welterweights)
Roan Carneiro vs. Ryo Chonan (welterweights)
Jason Lambert vs. Jason Day (middleweights)

So, no title match, and no highly-touted new faces to watch out for. But we do get to see a couple fighters who were victorious in their Octagon debuts try to survive against much stiffer competition. Rousimar Palhares, who scored UFC 84′s Submission of the Night bonus for his armbar of Ivan Salaverry, will make a huge competitive leap when he takes on Dan Henderson. Similarly, Shooto/Cage Force vet Yoshiyuki Yoshida — who also scored a first-round submission win at UFC 84, at the expense of Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver — will have to step up his game against Karo Parisyan. It’s hard to get excited about the main event, which seems like it was only set up to get Chuck Liddell back in title contention, but Rich Franklin’s return to light-heavyweight against Matt Hamill could be a promising scrap.

Fun fact: Besides Matt Brown and Dong Hyun Kim (who will be meeting in a welterweight bout) everybody on the undercard is coming off of a loss. And then there’s this bit of trivia from Dong Hyun Kim’s Wikipedia page: “Kim’s post-game interview was grossly mistranslated by his translator following the UFC 84 bout. He was also the 2nd Korean fighter to ever fight in the UFC (the first being Joe Son) and the first to actually win.”

Also: The official mini-site for UFC 88 is open for business.


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Elk Snot- August 16, 2008 at 3:34 am
Guess this is a 205 and under card. Not that the UFC has much of a HW division, but still.
Markdog- August 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm
And what's the deal with Rashad "Sugar"s name on the 'E'--you can't even see it. Did the UFC give him tits and blur is name to downplay him and promote Chuck. Look how clear Chuck "The Iceman" reads, and the extra twinkle he has in his eye.
Markdog- August 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Talls, that is funny as shit! I didn't even realize it. Is this pic photoshopped or legit? It looks gross!
Payday- August 15, 2008 at 11:21 am
WAAAYYYYY to much lay and pray on this card for me to order it.
raizor- August 15, 2008 at 9:24 am
I can't see Rashad posing too many problems for Mumbles.
tallsforeverybody- August 15, 2008 at 6:41 am
First of all, Rashad has huge man tits in that photo...right there I can't buy the PPV.

Second, who is on this card that I need to pay to see?

Third...its football season, MMA better step it up! Otherwise, you might want to take a 3 or 4 month hiatus.

I'm thinking not too many people care about this one.
Matt- August 15, 2008 at 5:56 am
sure there isn't any huge superstars besides liddel on this one but overall i think its a very good card. lots of talent.

definitely a card that the true fans of mma can enjoy.
ikcedar- August 15, 2008 at 4:40 am
how the fuck can you guys not think this is a good card? you guys must be trippen balls or something.
Rumbler- August 15, 2008 at 2:18 am
Not bad.
Anonymous- August 15, 2008 at 1:10 am
rashad evans sucks ass, the his "victory" over Michael Bisping was the biggest load of bullshit since Bispings victory over Hamill.

Anonymous- August 15, 2008 at 12:12 am
Whenever I hear Dong Hyun Kim the only thing that comes to mind is the thread I saw a while ago on Sherdog about the dongbar
CJ- August 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm
I'd like to see Evans pull off an upset. I just hope he does it in exciting fashion.

What's with middleweights moving up to 205 to fight? Maybe there needs to be some adjustment to the weight classes in UFC. If fighters are moving up and down the classes left and right then they're not doing what they're designed to do.
L Grant- August 14, 2008 at 9:00 pm
I'd watch this if it was free from GB or a Fight Night, but I don't think I'll be paying for this PPV. It's totally not worth it. I'm interested in seeing Chuck punch Rashad's face until it's unrecognizable.
DROP DEAD JACK- August 14, 2008 at 7:40 pm
card looks good...I just can't wait to enjoy the ethnoignorance at the my local buffalo wild wings. when chuck fought wandy, all I heard was "send that mexican back to where he came chuck!! woo!!". I look forward to hearing more inbred redneck goodness towards "sugar" rashad.
shitwhistle- August 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Karo better win and do it by something other than a decision.
izzy- August 14, 2008 at 7:31 pm
def not gnna be ordering this one.
ikcedar- August 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm
dammmn thats a great fuckin line up. Should be an awesome night of fights.