UFC ends what can only be described as an eventful year with what may go down as one of the top cards of 2007. The promotion returns to Vegas and fans expect pre-New Years Eve fireworks at Saturday's UFC 79, which features an interim title bout, a dream fight, the introduction of "The African Assassin", and a couple of other intriguing matchups.
This fight was originally scheduled as the long-awaited conclusion to TUF 6 and was supposed to pit welterweight champ
Hughes and St. Pierre are quite familiar with each other. This is the third fight between the two and each has captured one match, making this the rubber match of the trilogy. After their first fight at UFC 50, which St. Pierre lost by submission due to armbar at the very end of the first round, St. Pierre admitted that he was in awe of his idol when they fought. St. Pierre overcame being awestruck in their second bout at UFC 65 and won in dominant fashion by TKO due to strikes in the second round.
The young, athletic St. Pierre is in the prime of his career and has well-developed all-around skills. In his last fight against
A year and a half ago, this matchup would have been one for the ages. At the time,
While "modern" UFC fans may think of Silva as new to the organization, he has actually fought three times in the UFC dating back to 1998 through 2000 (going 1-2 in that stint). The Brazilian is a Chute Boxe protégé who has been training with Xtreme Couture for this match. Silva never hesitates to bang and favors a Muay Thai style in which he presses his opponent and fights in close. He loves to use the Muay Thai clinch and finish his opponent with knees. However, his last two losses (to no slouches in
Liddell is at a crossroads in his MMA career. While his loss to
Will UFC 79 mark the beginning of Liddell's Randy Couture-esque career comeback or are we witnessing the twilight of a brilliant MMA career? We'll find out soon enough. It's just too bad this isn't a five-round affair.
On a night with so much top-heavy talent on display, this matchup could end up taking fight-of-the-night honors. This should be a non-stop stand-up war between two evenly-matched fighters and the victor will find himself in prime position in the stacked UFC light heavyweight division.