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Chuck Liddell Wants the Belt Back: 'I Plan on Getting a Title Shot After This One'

Fifteen months ago, UFC's Chuck Liddell was on top of the mixed martial arts world. He was coming off a victory over Tito Ortiz in the most lucrative MMA fight in American history, and he was unquestionably the sport's biggest star. But in May of 2007 he lost to Rampage Jackson, in September he lost to Keith Jardine, and after beating Wanderlei Silva in December, a hamstring injury has prevented him from fighting in 2008. But now that he's finally healthy, he has big plans:

"I'm hoping it's not too long range a plan to get the title back," Liddell said. "I'm planning to get a title shot after this one."

As for his September 6 fight against Rashad Evans at UFC 88, Liddell said, "Rashad is a guy who hasn't lost yet, so it's always nice to be the first. ... He can strike and he can wrestle and he mixes them up pretty good."

If Liddell does get that title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, it might just top Liddell vs. Ortiz as UFC's most lucrative pay-per-view show ever.