The weekend is almost here and besides the wine festival I will be getting smashed at on Saturday morning, UFC 71 on pay per view is hands-down the event of the weekend. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell will try to avenge his previous 2003 loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson this Saturday in Las Vegas. The undercard for this event is also solid with appearances by Josh Burkeman, Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine, and the hidden gem Thiago Silva. Silva is one of my favorite fighters and brings the Muay Thai style to the Octagon with some flat out ridiculous strikes. Also, Jardine is a beast to be reckoned with after his demolition of Forrest Griffin this past December. Liddell has already avenged his other 2 losses to Randy Couture and Jeremy Horn with a KO and a TKO, respectively. The first Pride Fighting match between Liddell and Jackson was not even close as Liddell got his ass kicked in every phase, including the ground game and stand up. I still cringe seeing the world's baddest motherfucker get waxed by Jackson.Quinton executed his gameplan and flat out dominated Chuck. Well, a lot has changed since then as Liddell hasn't lost since and has been flat out killing people in the Octagon. Saturday's showdown will feature Chuck's sprawl n' brawl style of stand up fighting versus Quinton's solid stand up to complement his monstrous ground game. No fist packs more kinetic energy than Chuck Liddell's and he is on a mission, which, honestly, is fucking scary. PREDICTION: Chuck Liddell by KO in the 2nd round. If this video doesn't make you want to watch this fight, then you might want to check yourself for tits and a hairy cooter.
[Update: 5/26/2007] ESPN is now covering Mixed Martial Arts.