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UFC Officially Announces Liddell-Evans, Evan Tanner Paints His Masterpiece


(Someone’s excited by Rashad’s performance, and someone else is just very bored.)

The UFC has officially announced the previously-rumored Chuck Liddell-Rashad Evans bout for UFC 88 in Atlanta, Ga. on September 6. In an email blast sent out today they played up the fact that it will be the UFC’s first foray into Atlanta, which will no doubt be referred to as “Hot-lanta” by Mike Goldberg at least twice during the live broadcast of the event.

Call me crazy, but this main event sounds better and better. “The Iceman” may have slowed a step or two, but one thing he can still do is avoid a takedown and get right back up if you do manage to put him down.

If Evans can get Liddell to the mat and beat him there, it will be hard to ignore him in the light heavyweight picture. If he decides to stand and bang with Liddell and somehow manages to win that way, well, then either Liddell will have proven that he’s ready for retirement or the world as we know it will have changed forever. There’s a good chance the laws of gravity might even fail if that happens, so you might want to tie down some of your valuables, just in case.

- In other UFC news, Evan Tanner tells Thomas Gerbasi from UFC.com that he’s a poet or artist or something:

“I always thought of myself as the poet, the writer, or the philosopher – I never thought of myself as a fighter,” he chuckles. “But here I am. I always had an idea of the flow of my life, but not exactly what I would be doing day to day. And fighting definitely wasn’t something I thought I’d be doing.”

“It sounds contradictory because I’m a free spirit and I’ve kinda bounced around, but I always had an overall plan or idea of the flow of my life,” he said. “Let’s say your life’s a work of art, a great picture; everything I’ve done has been a brush stroke on what will hopefully be a great work of art. Even the bad times, the crazy times, I don’t regret a thing. – it’s all absolutely necessary to create this masterpiece.”

Behold, the Tao of Tanner. It’s great to compare your life to a brilliant work of art, but what about the people whose lives are obviously horrible? Are they just like really bad pieces of art that no one enjoys, even the artist?

Actually, I guess that makes sense. There are way more terrible works of art than there are great ones, and there are probably more people who hate their lives than love them. I guess what I’m saying here is that Tanner’s art-life analogy holds up. I’m as shocked as you are.

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Kel- June 17, 2008 at 10:37 am
@Paulito: Nope, that was me and my Team Tanner Bong...
Paulito25- June 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm
Im not quite sure why, but for some reason just before going into the Tanner quotes I heard him taking a REALLY deep breath. Like something someone might do if they were trying to inhale all of the helium from a really big balloon. But instead of Tanners voice being high and munshkinny it sounded more like he was holding his breath trying not to let any of the air out of his lungs. I also heard Bob Marley playing in the backgroung the whole time..... wierd
bfowlkes- June 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm
Word, thanks Eric.
Eric- June 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm
Correction, according to the UFC website, UFC: 88 is on Sept 6th. not the 8th.
Eric- June 16, 2008 at 12:23 pm
Am i missing something or are they planning UFC 88 on a monday??
Lil'Doomsday- June 16, 2008 at 8:46 am
I will be there, but I still wish it was Anderson Silva. >:o
ksgbobo- June 16, 2008 at 1:01 am
"...which will no doubt be referred to as “Hot-lanta” by Mike Goldberg at least twice during the live broadcast of the event..."

rofl...
The Iceman Cometh- June 15, 2008 at 11:51 pm
alright Chuck no more all night benders its time to buckle down and give the fans what they want. if Liddell can keep away from the partying lifestyle he has grown acustomed to he has this fight hands down. I want to see the same Chuck that showed up to fight Wanderlei not the Chuck that showed up hungover smelling like coctails and hooker perfume when he fought Jardine.
Danilo- June 15, 2008 at 9:38 pm
This is going to be a great fight. The outcome will answer a lot of questions about both of these fighters
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