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UFC 97 "Redemption' fight card finalized

A total of twelve bouts have been scheduled for UFC 97 "Redemption" on April 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

UFC middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva (23-4) main events against Thales Leites (14-1) in the night's sole championship bout. Leites, a BJJ black belt under Welton Ribeiro, began his UFC career with a loss to Martin Kampmann in November 2006 but has since won five consecutive UFC fights. Not to be outdone, Silva will be pursuing his ninth straight Octagon win.

In what will surely please UFC and PRIDE fans from 2005, Chuck Liddell (21-5) will take on Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (17-3) in a light-heavyweight scrap. The two former champs were scheduled to meet at UFC 85 last June in London but Rua was forced out to undergo knee surgery.

FIGHT CARD:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
  • Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
  • Krzystof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
  • Steve Cantwell vs. Luiz Cane
  • Eliot Marshall vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
  • Denis Kang vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
  • Nate Quarry vs. Jason MacDonald
  • David "The Crow" Loiseau vs. Ed Herman
  • Mark Bocek vs. David Bielkheden
  • Ryo Chonan vs. TJ Grant
  • Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman
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