UFC 97 Redemption – Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites

Date: Apr 18, 2009
Location: Montreal, Canada
Venue: Bell Centre (Le Centre Bell)
Broadcast: Pay per view

UFC 97 will be c

o-headlined by a light-heavyweight bout between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion is coming off a loss to the division’s present title holder Rashad Evans and is looking to recapture the magic that saw him win an amazing 14 of 15 UFC matches from 1999-2006. The 39-year-old is now focused on getting back on another winning streak.

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Chuck Liddell, the former light heavyweight champion will toe the line against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the featured bout at UFC 97 on April 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 85 in June 2008 but Rua had to pull out due to a leg injury.

The bout will be Liddell’s first since a devastating knockout loss to Rashad Evans in September 2008. The former champion has gone just 1-3 in his past four bouts, including losses to Evans, Keith Jardine and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Rua (17-3) failed to impress despite beating Coleman at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. Rua himself tired and had trouble finishing the open target Coleman, who became exhausted within the first round. Rua was able land an uppercut in the third to put Coleman down leading the referee to questionably stop the fight.

Still, Rua finally records his first UFC win after a disappointing debut against Forrest Griffin at UFC 76 and missing over a year due to knee injuries.

The two feared strikers were once considered by many as the world’s top-two light heavyweights. Rua has earned 14 of his 17 career victories by knockout or TKO while Liddell secured 13 of his 21 career wins in the same manner.

Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites

While posting an amazing eight fight win streak in the UFC, the 33-year-old champion has stopped seven of those eight fights within two rounds, with only Patrick Cote seeing daylight in Round 3 before the champion earned the TKO victory at UFC 90. With two impressive wins over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, one over Nate Marquardt and a submission victory against former Pride champion Dan Henderson, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is riding high heading into his match with Thales Leites.

Winner of his last five UFC matches, 27-year-old Thales Leites (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is truly hitting his stride in the world of mixed martial arts. With a split decision victory against Marquardt, submission victories over Ryan Jensen and Floyd Sword and most recently Drew McFedries, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt could be Silva’s greatest test on the ground to date.

UFC 97 Main Card (PPV – 10pm ET)

* Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites (Middleweight Title Fight)

* Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

* Luis Cane vs. Steve Cantwell

* Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann

* Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk


* Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry

* Ed Herman vs. David Loiseau

* David Bielkheden vs. Mark Bocek

UFC 97 Fight Results and Winners

* Anderson Silva (c) defeated Thales Leites by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-46) – UFC Middleweight Championship

* Mauricio Shogun Rua defeated Chuck Liddell via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1 @ 4:28

* Luis Cane defeated Steve Cantwell by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

* Cheick Kongo defeated Antoni Hardonk via TKO (Strikes) — Round 2 @ 2:29

* Kryzstof Soszynski defeated Brian Stann via Submission (Kimura) — Round 1 @ 3:53

* Sam Stout defeated Matt Wiman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary UFC 97 Bouts Results:

* Eliot Marshall defeated Vinicius Magalhaes by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

* Denis Kang defeated Xavier Foupa-Pokam by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

* Nate Quarry defeated Jason MacDonald via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1 @ 2:27)

* Ed Herman defeated David Loiseau by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

* Mark Bocek defeated David Bielkheden via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) — Round 1 @ 4:57

* TJ Grant defeated Ryo Chonan by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

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