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Mixed martial arts in Philips Arena in September

The Ultimate Fighting Championship's first trip to Atlanta is 8 p.m. Sept. 6 in Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive.

The UFC's light heavyweight division may be the most competitive in the sport of mixed martial arts. Two of the weight class' best, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell and unbeaten star "Sugar" Rashad Evans will meet that night.

"Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans is a battle between the former champion looking to get a shot at reclaiming his crown and the undefeated contender looking to earn his first title shot," said Dana White, UFC president. "Chuck is a great wrestler and Rashad has shown improved striking skills so there is no way of telling what will happen when two fighters of this caliber collide. This is going to be another incredible fight, and I am so excited to bring UFC 88 Atlanta."

Originally scheduled to face off against each other on June’s UFC 85 card in London, a torn hamstring sidelined Liddell and forced him to withdraw from the bout.

Tickets are $79, $154, $254, $404 and $604 and go on sale at noon Saturday. Tickets are available locally at the Columbus Civic Center and Publix grocery stores. To charge tickets, call 706-494-8330 or go to www.ticketmaster.com

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