Former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin looks to rebound from his first round TKO loss to Vitor Belfort this past September when he faces former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell in the main event of UFC 115 on Saturday, June 12, 2010.
“These are two UFC legends, and they give everything they have in every second of a fight,” said UFC President Dana White. “Both of these guys are looking to get back to the top of the light heavyweight division. Liddell and Franklin at 205 pounds is going to be a war, and I can’t wait to do our first UFC event ever in Vancouver.”
A former high school math teacher turned world-class mixed martial artist, Rich “Ace” Franklin holds memorable wins over Wanderlei Silva, Matt Hamill, Jason MacDonald and Nate Quarry. The former UFC middleweight champion that holds 12 wins in the UFC has moved up a weight class and looks to make even more noise in the light heavyweight division when he takes on one of the most popular fighters in UFC history.
“Chuck is a gamer,” Franklin said of his opponent. “He is a professional – take Randy for example. He and Randy are friends, but he didn’t have a problem fighting Randy and punching him in the head, so he sure won’t have a problem punching me in the head. I’m excited about fighting Chuck, I’m going to give everything I have, and I look forward to giving fans a great fight in Vancouver.”
UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin takes place on June 12, 2010 from General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.