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UFC 97 Live Blog: Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua


This is the FanHouse UFC 97 live blog of Saturday night's co-main event between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The fight should start around 11:20 PM ET, and before then get updates at our UFC 97 results page. The Liddell-Rua live blog begins below.

Chuck Liddell vs. Shogun Rua
Rua is making his way to the Octagon. Rua is in the Octagon.
Liddell is making his way to the Octagon. Liddell is in the Octagon.
Round 1: This fight is underway. Shogun lands a leg kick and Liddell lands a left hand. Big high kick from Shogun. Shogun lands a big right but Liddell answers with a good bunch of punches. Liddell lands a couple of punches and then gets caught with one. Rua is looking quicker than he did against Coleman a few months ago. Good counter right hand from Liddell. Rua's kicks have hurt Liddell. Shogun takes Liddell down. Now Rua is going for a leg lock on the ground. Liddell gets out of the leg lock and back to his feet. Good right hand from Liddell back on his feet. Rua goes for a takedown but Liddell avoids it and lands a punch. Very close round with a minute to go. And now Liddell takes Rua down. And Shogun rocks Liddell and knocks him to the ground and pounds him, and it's over! Shogun Rua KOs Chuck Liddell. Sad to say, but Liddell may be done.

Now that the Chuck Liddell vs. Shogun Rua fight is over, head to the main event live blog, where we'll have round-by-round updates of Anderson Silva vs.Thales Leites. You can also get UFC 97 updates by following me on Twitter.

UFC 97 Photos

    Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua shake hands before their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Chuck Liddell, right, punches Shogun Rua during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Chuck Liddell, right, punches Shogun Rua during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Chuck Liddell, left, punches Shogun Rua during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Shogun Rua, right, attempts to punch Chuck Liddell during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Shogun Rua takes down Chuck Liddell during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua battle during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua battle during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Shogun Rua pounds Chuck Liddell during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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    Shogun Rua pounds Chuck Liddell during their match at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 19, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

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