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Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin on tap for UFC 115

Tito Ortiz is out and Rich Franklin is in as the next opponent for former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

The fellow coaches of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter had been expected to throw down for the third time at the conclusion of the television series which is currently being filmed, but Ortiz has been forced to withdrawal from the bout due to what has been described to as “personal issues”. has been able to confirm the news of the recent bout change through several sources close to the situation following a report initially made by Fighters Only.

Liddell and Franklin are currently expected to duke it out during the yet unannounced UFC 115 card expected for June according to, although nothing has been made official through the promotion as of this writing.

It has also been reported that Ortiz was not able to complete the taping of TUF 11, and Franklin may have filled in during his absence.

Both former champions will be looking to bounce back into the winners circle following recent defeats in the Octagon, with Liddell being TKO’d most recently at the hands of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97, while Franklin was dropped by Vitor Belfort in his last outing during UFC 103.

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