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Dana White Turns The Rumor Mill: Randy Couture Vs. Rich Franklin?

Much speculation has been made today as to the fate of Tito Ortiz, his turn as a coach on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, and the status of his bout with Chuck Liddell.

It was reported early today that Ortiz was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout with Chuck Liddell for undisclosed reasons. Things got stranger when it was reported that not only was Ortiz forced to pull out of the fight, but that he was forced to leave “The Ultimate Fighter” while the show was still taping. That same report had Rich Franklin stepping in for Ortiz to finish out the show and to take on Liddell in Ortiz’s place at a June UFC show.

Things would get stranger still.

UFC president Dana White took to his Twitter to respond to the rumors.

“Not true! We are doing couture vs franklin not chuck,” Tweeted the boss, adding an extra element of confusion to this mess.

At this point we are left to assume that either the sources that fueled the rumors were wrong or lying or that Dana White is trying to throw people off with his Twitter comments. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.