UFC 115 Moving From Vancouver to Cincinnati Could Open Door for Liddell vs. Franklin

Written by Tom Ngo
March 29th, 2010

According to The Canadian Press, UFC 115 – which was rumored to be the organization’s debut in Vancouver, Canada – will not take place inside the GM Place because of insurance issues, however could be on the move to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Here is what The Canadian Press reported:

“The Criminal Code offers an exemption of sorts to boxing but not mixed martial arts and that apparently is the sticking point in Vancouver, where the city wants adequate protection in terms of insurance.

In December, Vancouver city councilors voted six to three to approve a two-year trial period for MMA, opening the door for a UFC show that could generate millions for the local economy.

But under the pilot program, promoters must ensure the city can’t be held liable for damages.”

The funds required to purchase the insurance for the June 12th show seems to be the major sticking point, however it appears the event may have found another home just south of the Canadian border, fueling speculation that the featured bout could change as well.

Former UFC light heavyweight champs Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were expected to headline the card after completing “The Ultimate Fighter 11,” where they served as opposing coaches.

However, it was reported earlier this month that the trilogy was called off after Ortiz had fallen ill. Immediately after the story broke, MMAWeekly.com claimed that former middleweight champion Rich Franklin had agreed to step-in to face “The Iceman” on June 12th.

UFC president Dana White has denied Liddell vs. Ortiz III is canceled, however Franklin is from Cincinnati and there’s nothing the future Hall of Famer would love more than to fight in front of his hometown.

Here are the contestants rumored for the pay-per-view broadcast:

Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox
Peter Sobotta vs. James Wilks
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin
Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Pat Barry
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz

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