It’s been two days since the UFC announced former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and former middleweight king Rich Franklin would headline UFC 115, yet fans can’t seem to get past the lies that were shoved down their throats regarding Tito Ortiz’s exit.
It had been heavily rumored that Ortiz was forced out as coach on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter ” because of an illness/injury, putting on hold his third meeting with Liddell. However, everyone and their mother swore the trilogy was still going down in Vancouver, Canada.
When word first hit the street regarding Ortiz’s status, UFC president Dana White immediately denied the chatter by posting the following on his Twitter, “We are doing [Randy] Couture vs. [Rich] Franklin not Chuck [Liddell]. Nothing happened to Tito. Tito and I are cool.”
Ortiz acknowledged in mid-March with SI.com’s Josh Gross that he was still meeting Liddell, “unless Chuck gets hurt.”
Two weeks ago, Liddell confirmed his “tune-up fight” against Ortiz on a TUF 11 conference call. Ortiz was auspiciously absent from the gathering, and now we know why.
Franklin has been heavily rumored/confirmed to have replaced Ortiz as coach on this season of the popular reality show.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” recently took to his Twitter to defend his need to spread little fibs (Unedited):
“I haven’t lied to anyone. I was told not to say “Anything”! Having a chance to be sued for $5 million was not a chance I wanted to take. So watch TUF 11 and see what happens. I was just doing what I was told, for once. Sorry!”
“The only reason chuck is talking so much shit. He knows that we aren’t fighting. As I said, “It will happen”! I’m not afraid of anyone and never have been. My record speaks n volume. And 5 title defenses. LR LHT Champ ever!”
“I will be back. Watch TUF 11 to see what happen. Sucks but I will been in the cage this year! I promise!”
“This has been a great day of support and hate. 80/20 split. All the haters will feel like jackasses after its shown on TUF. The truth will prevail. I’ve done it once before, I can do it again.”