It was the perfect fight at the perfect time.
With Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter under its belt and the imminent tsunami of popularity swelling, UFC 57 is often seen as the card that catapulted the UFC out of the fringes and into the mainstream. The Feb. 4, 2006 fight was the hottest ticket in Vegas, pitting its two most popular fighters against each other in a rubber match that became the fight club's most profitable card.
Now, the UFC is pitting Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell against Randy "The Natural" Couture for a fourth time.
Though there has been no official announcement, credible sources in the MMA world like bloody elbow and sherdog are reporting UFC 95 is scheduled for June 13 and will feature the pair in a heavyweight scrap. It will be the fight club's first card in Germany and is slated to be held at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne that holds 20,000.
Both fighters are coming off high-profile losses and both are in the sunset of their storied careers. The fight is the UFC's equivalent of the seniors tour, but no doubt it would be a draw for fans.
Liddell, fresh from a KO loss at the fists of "Sugar" Rashad Evans, will be 40, while Couture, who lost his heavyweight title to Brock Lesnar earlier this month, will be days away from his 46th birthday when the two hit the cage.
Since UFC 57, which grossed $3.3 million at the gate and brought in more than 400,000 pay-per-view buys, the fight club has shattered that record many times. UFC 66 (Liddell vs. Ortiz II) earned $5.4 million at the gate, UFC 83 (St. Pierre vs. Serra II) earned $5.1 million and others eclipsed the old record.
Pay-per-view buys -- a figure the UFC closely guards -- have also been shattered, according to interviews with UFC president Dana White.
The fourth battle between the two legends will no doubt have huge interest, but with no belt on the line and the fact the fight is in Germany, it is unlikely to shatter any records.