After weeks of speculation about the main event of UFC 115, it appears that the UFC have put the proverbial foot in their own mouth. Released today on UFC.com, the official fight card for UFC 115 is to be headlined by Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin.
Well, it appears that there may have been some miscommunication in the Zuffa offices because the official card released today is obviously very different to what Dana White was saying last week.
The speculation of reasons for Tito's exclusion from the main event will go on. To be honest, as a Vancouver local, a Franklin vs. Liddell main event is far more appealing and maybe the UFC agreed and listened to fans displeasure at the prospect of a third Tito vs. Chuck fight.
The rest of the Vancouver UFC 115 card has also been released by the UFC.
The main event will be backed up by a potentially explosive heavyweight clash between Mirko 'Cro Cop' and Pat Barry. This could be a passing of the 'lethal kick' torch.
A top welterweight clash will feature Paulo Thaigo vs. Martin Kampmann. Having faced extremely tough competition in his first four fights, Thiago gets not let up against the tough Dane, but a win would place Thiago firmly in the title picture.
Another welterweight clash will feature the former WEC champion Carlos Condit continuing his rise up the UFC ladder as he faces Rory Macdonald.
My pick of the main card will see a top fight as top-10 ranked lightweight Tyson Griffin faces fast-rising Evan Dunham in what has Fight of the Night written all over it.
The undercard is a mixed bag but will likely be highlighted by the heavyweight clash between Ben Rothwell and Gilbert Yvel. The other fights set are:
Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman
James Wilks vs. Peter Sabotta
Ricardo Funch vs. Claude Patrick
Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox
On the face of it's a slightly lackluster card for the UFC's debut show on the West Coast of Canada. However I think there are a few sleeper fights that could really turn the show into something special.
I'll be keeping you posted on all things UFC 115 so keep a lookout as we all know how often fight cards change before the event actually happens.
According to Dana White on twitter, UFC 115 sold out in 30 mins!! Boy you gotta be fast on the up take these days. Looks like the Vancouver locals were not put off by the change in main event.