UFC 115 will take place this Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the GM Place in Vancouver, Canada. This is the UFC's first venture to Vancouver, which is still reeling from an extremely expensive winter Olympics.
The main card is highlighted by UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell (21-7) fighting future Hall of Famer Rich Franklin (22-5). Chuck has spent the past 14 months away from the game, taking part in Dancing with the Stars and coaching The Ultimate Fighter opposite Tito Ortiz. Expect Liddell to plod forward, counter striking and looking for a big KO punch. I wouldn't be surprised if Liddell went for a couple takedowns.
Chuck lobbied UFC president Dana White for another chance to prove himself in the UFC. Since, Chuck has renewed his commitment to fitness and training, with recent photographs showing a completely shredded Liddell with training partners. The former 205 pound champ has KO wins over Tito Ortiz, Babalu Sobral, Randy Couture, Kevin Randleman and Alistair Overeem.
(Chuck Liddell Pictured)
Rich Franklin joined the TUF 11 show following the departure of Ortiz, who needed to get surgery. Franklin is looking to bounce back from 1st round TKO loss to Vitor Belfort at a 195 pound catch-weight. The former 185 pound champ will look to keep distance and fire leg and body kicks to Liddell. Franklin has wins over Yushin Okami, Evan Tanner, Ken Shamrock and Wanderlei Silva in his career.
(Rich Franklin Pictured)
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Chuck Liddell v. Rich Franklin
Patrick Barry v. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
Martin Kampmann v. Paulo Thiago
Ben Rothwell v. Gilbert Yvel
Carlos Condit v. Rory MacDonald
Mac Danzig v. Matt Wiman
Evan Dunham v. Tyson Griffin
UNDER CARD (Televised if time allows)
David Loiseau v. Mario Miranda
Peter Sobotta v. James Wilks
Ricardo Funch v. Claude Patrick
Jesse Lennox v. Mike Pyle