Former UFC champions Chuck Liddell
Franklin have verbally agreed to meet in a light heavyweight
tilt in June, Sherdog.com has learned from multiple sources. UFC
115, though not officially announced, has been tentatively
scheduled for June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Liddell, 40, just completed a six-week taping in Las Vegas for
Season 11 of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter,” which debuts on
March 31. Liddell and longtime nemesis Tito Ortiz served
as opposing coaches on the show and were originally expected to
meet for a third time at UFC 115. It remains unclear what will
become of that proposed bout.
Sherdog.com re-affirmed with its sources that the Liddell-Franklin
bout is still in play.
A UFC hall of famer, Liddell last competed in April, when he
succumbed to first-round strikes from 2005 Pride Fighting
Championships middleweight grand prix winner Mauricio “Shogun”
Rua. Urged to retire by UFC President Dana White, Liddell
instead took a spot on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” hinting all
the while that he intended to return to the cage. He has lost four
of his last five fights but carries with him one of the sport’s
most impressive resumes, including a pair of wins over both Ortiz
and fellow hall of famer Randy
The 35-year-old Franklin has not fought since his technical
knockout loss to Vitor Belfort
at UFC 103 six months ago. He had been linked to a potential
matchup with Couture at UFC 115. Franklin holds notable victories
over Brazilian legend Wanderlei
Silva, the world-ranked Yushin Okami
and the late Evan Tanner.
Item updated at 7:35 p.m. ET with a quote from Dana White's