View Full Version : Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin @ UFC 115


StillUnknown
03-13-2010, 03:14 PM
Light heavyweights Rich Franklin and Chuck Liddell are penciled in for a June showdown.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that the two have verbally agreed to face each other in June at UFC 115, though contracts have yet to be finalized.

The new matchup replaces a planned third meeting between Liddell and Tito Ortiz that had been expected for the promotion's first trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and may have been arranged as a result of Franklin's unexpected involvement in "TUF 11."

The Franklin vs. Liddell matchup was first reported by Fighters Only magazine, though the U.K.-based publication pinned the fight to a rumored April 17 UFC Fight Night card that now seems increasingly unlikely to occur.

Liddell and Ortiz were announced this past December as opposing coaches on the soon-to-debut "The Ultimate Fighter 11" series. At that time, the UFC also announced plans for the legendary figures to meet for a third time at the conclusion of the series.

It was later learned that the matchup was intended to headline the as-yet-unannounced UFC 115 card in June.

With Ortiz no longer in the plans, the former champion's next move is currently unknown.

In February, with "The Ultimate Fighter 11" still filming in Las Vegas, the "Hunting Beach Bad Boy" posted a series of cryptic messages on his Twitter account the led to many to speculate something had run afoul with his role as a coach on the ****e TV series.

"If things couldn't get worse, they just did!" Ortiz stated on Feb. 24. "[Expletive]! "I want to thank all my fans for your support!

"I guess business is business."

Three days later, additional Ortiz comments led to further speculation.

"Thanks for all the support," Ortiz stated. "Thinking that life couldn't get any harder? It just did! Another challenge that god has given me! Wow.

"Many things that challenge us in lives will make us stronger. One thing I can say is don't ever quit. I'm strong because of my family and fans!"

MMAjunkie.com has learned from additional sources that Ortiz was not able to complete the filming of "The Ultimate Fighter 11," though the reasoning behind his absence wasn't immediately known.

Those same sources suggested that Franklin was possibly brought in as a replacement coach to finish out the season's filming, and "Ace" now meets Liddell as an opposing "TUF" coach.

The original announcement of a third matchup between Liddell and Ortiz was met with little fanfare. Many MMA fans felt the matchup was unnecessary with the "Iceman" already owning a pair of wins over Ortiz a 2004 second-round knockout and a 2006 third-round TKO.

For more on "The Ultimate Fighter 11," which debuts March 31 following ****e TV's broadcast of UFC Fight Night 21, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.

i wonder what in the hell happened with Tito? another cracked skull maybe lol

KESSLER
03-13-2010, 04:15 PM
Interesting fight. Both are kinda shot at this point..

kaps
03-13-2010, 05:14 PM
I'd rather see this than another fight with Tito...

Junito-Rulez
03-13-2010, 06:13 PM
Good idea ! Tito VS Chuck wasn't interesting at all; Rich VS Chuck will be very exciting. There will be a good KO.

Stalaggh
03-13-2010, 06:27 PM
But, according to Dana White's Twitter its bull****, Tito vs Chuck is still on and Franklin will fight Randy Couture, so yeah, I'd say its just a rumor

StillUnknown
03-13-2010, 07:38 PM
But, according to Dana White's Twitter its bull****, Tito vs Chuck is still on and Franklin will fight Randy Couture, so yeah, I'd say its just a rumor

i hope its not bull****. i cant think of anyone who actually wants to see Chuck/Tito III

kinda odd tho because all the major mma sites are reporting Chuck/Franklin, the big 3 (sherdog, mmajunkie, & mmaweekly) usually dont make mistakes on big news like this

wojosh6
03-13-2010, 11:17 PM
please retire chuck...im sick of seeing you get your ass beat & tarnishing your legacy.

murmagic
03-14-2010, 10:38 AM
all pointless fights tbh

Virgil Caine
03-14-2010, 12:10 PM
Dana "The Flaming Homo" White supposedly said it's bull**** or something. As if I really give a ****.

kaps
03-14-2010, 01:02 PM
Dana could be lying. ****e doesn't like spoilers and if MMAJunkie is right, this is a huge one...

VoN Brawn
03-14-2010, 01:02 PM
Couture / Franklin is confirmed via White's twitter account.

Ace should win via TKO.

American_Ninja
03-14-2010, 01:46 PM
Couture / Franklin is confirmed via White's twitter account.

Ace should win via TKO.

This............

Sammy J
03-14-2010, 05:58 PM
I don't care for neither fights, but why is Dana letting Chuck fight again? It's beyond ridiculous. Chuck is gonna get knocked out against Franklin or Tito...whoever fights him next.

American_Ninja
03-14-2010, 10:57 PM
Right now Chuck isn't slated to fight anyone. Seems that maybe DW pulled a fast one to keep him from fighting.

Virgil Caine
03-15-2010, 12:37 AM
I don't care for neither fights, but why is Dana letting Chuck fight again? It's beyond ridiculous. Chuck is gonna get knocked out against Franklin or Tito...whoever fights him next.

I think he can still knock Tito out again.