FiveOuncesofPain.com reported earlier this afternoon that Rich Franklin would likely be replacing Tito Ortiz in an upcoming light heavyweight showdown with Chuck Liddell, and it now appears that Franklin was enlisted to replace Ortiz as a coach during the recent taping of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter as well.
The possibility of the late coaching switch was first reported by MMAJunkie.com and FiveOuncesofPain.com has received the same information through sources close to the situation.
Those same sources further indicated to 5 Oz. that Franklin was pegged to fill in for Ortiz at some point midway through the taping of TUF 11, which recently concluded.
Liddell and Ortiz had been expected to face off for the third time at the conclusion of TUF 11, but an unexpected twist of events appears to have Rich Franklin tabbed to meet with “The Iceman” at UFC 115.
Franklin is no stranger to The Ultimate Fighter, as the former UFC middleweight champion was the featured coach during the second season, and a guest coach on season four.