Chuck Liddell To Take On ‘babalu’ Sobral At Ufc 40: Vendetta Live On Pay-per-view, Nov. 22, At Mgm Grand In Las Vegas
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CHUCK LIDDELL TO TAKE ON ‘BABALU’ SOBRAL AT UFC 40: VENDETTA LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW, NOV. 22, AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Top Contender To Fight Brazilian Wrestler/Kickboxer On Ortiz-Shamrock Championship Card
Tickets Now On Sale; Hughes To Meet Castillo for Welterweight Title
LAS VEGAS, October 16, 2002… Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight top contender Chuck Liddell of San Luis Obispo, Calif., will take on Brazilian kickboxing/submission specialist Renato "Babalu" Sobral of Rio de Janeiro in one of the main card bouts of UFC 40: Vendetta, live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, Nov. 22, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will meet UFC legend Ken Shamrock for the light heavyweight championship in the main event and Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes will defend his title for the third time against top contender Gil Castillo in the co-main event.. Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, can be purchased at the MGM Grand box office and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-880-0880 and 702-474-4000, or at www.ticketmaster.com.
UFC 40: Vendetta will be available at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
Liddell, 10-1-0 in Mixed Martial Arts, earned the top contender title with a hard-fought, three-round unanimous decision over world-ranked Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort at UFC 37.5: Liddell vs. Belfort June 22 at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Liddell knocked Belfort down with a hard right in the third round and continued an aggressive attack for the victory. He is known as the "Iceman" because of his ability to freeze opponents with his combination of kickboxing and wrestling skills.
"Babalu" is a former three-time Brazilian national wrestling champion and a skilled Muay Thai kickboxer. In his most recent UFC fight, he won a unanimous decision over Australian Elvis Sinosic with sharp punches and a relentless ground and pound attack July 13 at UFC 38: Brawl At Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
The Ortiz-Shamrock showdown for the light heavyweight title will settle a long-standing vendetta. Fight fans are well aware they have a major score to settle based on hostilities between each other, although the two have never fought. Shamrock is a UFC legend who was its first super fight champion. Ortiz has risen through the ranks to become light heavyweight champ and represents the new UFC.
Hughes, 27-3-0 in Mixed Martial Arts, most recently defended his title July 13 in London where he defeated former champ Carlos Newton for the second time by referee stoppage due to punches at 4:37 of the fourth round. He won the belt from Newton Nov. 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand with a knockout at 1:27 of the second round. In between, Hughes also defeated Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai March 22 at UFC 36: Worlds Collide at the MGM Grand by technical knockout at 3:01 of the fourth round.
Castillo, 17-1-0, is a top welterweight contender who defeated Chris Brennan Jan. 11 at UFC 35: Throwdown at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., by unanimous decision after three rounds. Castillo is jiu-jitsu specialist who trains with Cesar Gracie and like many Gracie fighters, his strengths are grappling and submissions.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc., in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
The UFC is currently airing Ultimate Ken Shamrock, a one-hour PPV retrospective of Shamrock’s career on all its U.S. cable and satellite systems. Viewers should check their local listings for dates and times. The suggested retail price is $9.95. Its next live PPV event will be UFC 40: Vendetta at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand.
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