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How To Fix The Silva vs. Liddell Debacle

As you've probably heard by now, it appears the Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell match is not going to happen (possibly ever).  This presents a huge problem for Dana White and the UFC as they needed a lynch pin for their September 22 card.  

I have no more access to the inner workings of Zuffa and the various negotiation teams than you do, but regardless, I'm not surprised Silva didn't take the fight.  After two devastating KO losses, it makes absolutely no sense to then fight Chuck Liddell.  That's a recipe for disaster.  I'm sure Silva wants the fight, but he probably wants it on his terms.

So what is Dana going to do?  It's not clear if he's even going to keep Liddell on the card.  If he does, here's who I think are decent possible match-ups:

  1.  Chuck Liddell vs. Thiago Silva.  The Chute Boxe standout is undefeated and will fight Liddell aggressively.  It's also a good way to bring Silva to the octagon as a cornerman in addition to giving Liddell an opponent he can beat.
  2.  Chuck Liddell vs. Forrest Griffin.  It's not a debate who'll win this fight, but if you need two light heavyweight names you can market, it doesn't get a whole lot better than these two.
  3.  Chuck Liddell vs. Brandon Vera.  Vera's been gone long enough for fans to forget about him, but this fight would be very exciting and could be an incredible launch point for the Lloyd Irvin-star.
  4.  Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine.  This is essentially the "diet" version of a fight with Forrest Griffin.
The other option is to yank Liddell from the card (or main event status) and use your heavyweights instead.  September is still far enough away to create some decent match-ups:
  1.  Tim Sylvia vs. Minotauro Nogueira.  A nice PRIDE vs. UFC rivarly that's destined to have some action, particularly in the later rounds.
  2.  Josh Barnett vs. Tim Sylvia.  He just came off a loss to a great grappler, but "The Baby Face Assassin" brings it every time he fights.  Then again, the UFC might actually want to sign Barnett before we get ahead of ourselves here.
  3.  Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski.  Fireworks, folks.  Fireworks.
  4.  Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski IV.  Ordinarily I wouldn't want to see this fight, but Arlovski's got a better chance than ever to beat the Miletich fighter.
  5.  Tim Sylvia vs. Frank Mir II.  This, among all other possibilities, seems the best.  It's do or die for Mir, they both need a rematch, and Sylvia has unfinished business on his mind.
I'm sure there are other possibilities.  List your's in the comments section.