Well it should be no surprise that Tito Ortiz backed out of his fight with Chuck Liddell. Would you really want to lose to the same guy three times? I know I wouldn’t Tito’s replacement is a very good one. Rich “Ace” Franklin has a chance to cement his legacy if he can defeat “The Iceman” in Vancouver.
Both fighters have impressive track records. Lets start with Franklin. Franklin is a former Middleweight Champion who has fought the likes of Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva, Ken Shamrock and the late Evan Tanner. His styles include Freestyle Fighting, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai. He is 26-5-1 and the majority of his fights have been won by knockout or submission. He will be a true test for Liddell.
Chuck Liddell has not fought since April 18, 2009. He is currently a coach on this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Chuck has also fought some great fighters including Randy Couture, Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson, and Tito Ortiz. Liddell is 21-7 with thirteen of those victories coming by knockout. Liddell is a former Light Heavyweight Champion who held the title for over two and a half years. His fighting style consists of Kempo, Kickboxing, and Wrestling.
I for one cannot wait to see this fight. Both men have knockout power so I think it’s going to be a standup fight. Franklin does have the edge in the ground game so look for him to submit Liddell in the fight. Get ready for one of the biggest fights of the year.
Other matchups include:
Heavyweight bout: Mirko Filipović vs. Pat Barry
Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann
Welterweight bout: Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Lightweight bout: Tyson Griffin vs. Evan Dunham
Welterweight bout: Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
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