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Vancouver WILL Host UFC 115 on June 12th

Written by Tom Ngo
March 31st, 2010

After much speculation, The Canadian Press has confirmed with UFC president Dana White that UFC 115 will indeed take place inside the GM Place in Vancouver, Canada on June 12th.

The media outlet reported earlier this week that the world’s biggest MMA organization wasn’t able to come to terms with the city of Vancouver over insurance issues.

Vancouver’s concern was that a fighter or party could sue the city if an injury or mishap took place during the event.

After the UFC set a Wednesday night deadline, Mirko Miadenovic, the Vancouver Athletic Commission chairman, told Sirius XM’s “The Fight Show” that the counsel held a three-hour meeting on Tuesday night to revise the package it was offered by the UFC, specifically with its procedures for regulating a mixed marital arts event.

Miadenovic said that Zuffa LLC., the parent company of the UFC, has already been granted its promoter’s license and the event has been approved.

“There’s no reason this event can’t go forward,” Miadenovic told host Mauro Ranallo.

If the clock had struck midnight, it was believed Cincinnati, Ohio would be UFC 115’s new landing spot.

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.”

The rumor mill started turning again yesterday when word broke that a Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell IV bout could be in the works for UFC 116.

White has continued to deny that Liddell vs. Ortiz III is canceled.

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
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz

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