UFC 96,97 Card Updates – Rampage/Jardine, Liddell/Shogun Announced
The UFC has announced a pair of headlining fights for UFC 96 and 97. At UFC 96, the UFC nixed a previously announced Keith Jardin – Luis Cane fight at UFC 95 and instead booked the Dean of Mean to fight Rampage Jackson. Rampage is coming off a victory over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 91 while Jardine has not fought since winning a split decision against Brandon Vera at UFC 89 last October. Here is the current UFC 96 card.
UFC 96 Card
Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin
Dustin Hazelett vs. Ben Saunders
Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz
Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller
Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day
Brandon Vera vs. Michael Patt
Pete Sell vs. Matt Brown
Aaron Riley vs. Shane Nelson
As for UFC 97, the UFC quickly lined up a Mauricio “Shogun” Rua versus Chuck Liddell fight to headline the potential Montreal card. Liddell has lost three of his last four fights – losing his last fight to Rashad Evans. Shogun TKO’d Mark Coleman at UFC 93 this weekend and will face a bigger step up against Chuck Liddell. The only other fight on the card at this time is the David Loiseau/Ed Herman tilt that Cageplay.com broke a couple weeks ago.