(The UFC returns to Canada, with a title on the line. Specifically, the title of “Saddest Former Champion.”)
UFC fans have responded to the news of UFC 115’s headliner switch with a collective “WHOFREAKIN’CARESGIMMEGIMMEGIMME!” According to a recent update on UFC.com, their June 12th event at General Motors Place in Vancouver sold out just 30 minutes after the pre-sale began yesterday morning, officially making UFC 115 the fastest sellout in UFC history. The sellout happened long before seats were made available to the general public, so if you’re an average non-Fight Club member, it’s time to get scalped.
On the topic of his new opponent Rich Franklin, Chuck Liddell said pretty much what you’d think he’d say, telling UFC.com: “I’m ready for this fight, I’m in the best shape of my life, and I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon. I can’t tell the fans what happens in the Ultimate Fighter 11, you have to watch the show, but I’ll tell you how this is gonna end, I’m knocking Rich out.” Franklin is coming off his TKO loss against Vitor Belfort in September, while Liddell is riding back-to-back knockout losses at the hands of Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua. Against Rich Franklin, Chuck will be in more danger to suffer his third straight KO than he’d ever be against Tito Ortiz. But I think I’ve learned my lesson about counting guys out completely.