UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship 62 light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell takes to the Octagon to defend his crown against Brazil’s Renato “Babalu” Sobral as the main event for the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization’s UFC 62: LIDDELL vs. SOBRAL live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, August 26, 2006.
One of the UFC’s true superstars, Chuck Liddell has defended the crown he won from Randy Couture in April of 2005 twice, most recently with a second round knockout of Couture in their February rubber match. Sidelined since then due to a toe injury, Liddell knows that a victory on August 26 will set-up perhaps the most anticipated matchup in MMA this year with the San Luis Obispo resident taking on Brazilian superstar Wanderlei Silva.
Renato Sobral has had a ten fight winning streak since the first bout between the two, won by Liddell in November of 2002. In that almost four year period, Sobral has truly fought his way to the number one contender’s slot, submitting Travis Wiuff,
Chael Sonnen, and Mike Van Arsdale in his last three UFC bouts, and even beating world-class combatants Jeremy Horn, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Trevor Prangley in a single night in 2003. Winning the world title has long been Sobral’s dream, and he has no intentions of letting that dream slip away.
UFC Ultimate Fighting Challenge Bonnar vs. Griffin 2 promises to be another classic fight, with the winner moving up as one of the top contenders in line for a light heavyweight title fight.
Tickets priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 for UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship 62: LIDDELL vs. SOBRAL are now on sale. Tickets will be sold at any Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for www.ticketmaster.com.
Also announced for UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship 62 is a second meeting between Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, the two light heavyweights who fought each other at The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 finale. UFC fans will remember Stephen Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin 1 - an epic battle that consisted of three non-stop rounds of fighting that ultimately inspired Dana White to award both light heavyweights a six-figure UFC contract. That fight took place over a year ago on April 9, 2005 with Griffin winning by unanimous decision. Since then, Stephen Bonnar has defeated tough opponents including Sam Hoger, James Irvin and Keith Jardine, but lost a three round decision last month to Rashad Evans. Meanwhile, Forrest Griffin defeated equally tough opponents including Bill Mahood and Elvis Sinosic, but lost a split decision to Tito Ortiz last April at UFC 59 – a fight that stands as one of the most exciting light heavyweight matchups in the UFC.
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