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Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell to debut on Spike TV on May 31

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Spike TV will "salute" former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell during a special hour-long world television premiere of "Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell" on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET.

In addition, the debut of "Liddell vs. Silva: UFC Unleashed -- Special Edition" will follow immediately afterward at 10 p.m. ET, creating a Memorial Day "homage" for the most popular fighter in the promotion.

Of course, Liddell and Silva battled it out in an epic three-round war at UFC 79: "Nemesis" in December 2007, which "Iceman" won via unanimous decision. According to a recent press release, the segment will include backstage bonus footage prior to the 205-pound tilt.

Liddell was expected to take on Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 85: "Bedlam" at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. However, he had to recently withdraw from the contest because of a torn hamstring and the card has since been significantly reshuffled to offset the loss of star power.

It was not mentioned if this was already in the works for some time to hype the UFC 85 pay-per-view (PPV) event that takes place seven days later; however, the timing appears to reflect that type of thinking.

Regardless, should be cool night of free mixed martial arts programming worth checking out in addition to the MMA network debut of Elite XC on CBS.

To view the schedule of UFC programs on Spike TV click here.

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