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Liddell confirms fight with Silva later this year

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell today confirmed a report we passed along in the wake of his loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 71 that he will next fight former PRIDE FC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva later this year, according to the Boston Herald.

Here's a snip from the "Iceman" on the showdown:

"It's going to be a striking battle. Who's going to hit harder and throw more punches. I think from the things I've seen (of him) that's what it will be."

"The Axe Murderer" is coming off of consecutive -- and punishing -- losses to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Dan Henderson, respectively.

For Silva, the long awaited match up with Liddell is a bit of a risk -- three straight losses and some might think he is finished in mixed martial arts.

However, before that kind of talk even heats up it's important to remember that Silva moved up a weight class to fight Cro Cop in the 2006 PRIDE FC Heavyweight Grand Prix, and he was hospitalized with a severe illness just days before his loss to Henderson.

Put simply, win or lose the result of this fight will not be career ending ... for both fighters.

No specific date for the Liddell-Silva bout has been announced. Rest assured, if and when the bout agreements are signed we'll pass that news along right away.

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