by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday confirmed the full line-up for next week’s UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin, which takes place at General Motors Palace in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Chuck Liddell, who is currently a coach opposite Tito Ortiz on Season 11 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” headlines the card in a light heavyweight bout with former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Liddell was originally expected to fight Ortiz, but Ortiz had to bow out due a neck injury that he eventually had surgery to repair.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was once considered one of the top fighters in Japan, winning the 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix tearing through Ikuhisa Minowa, Hidehiko Yoshida, Wanderlei Silva, and Josh Barnett. He has struggled in the UFC, where he has garnered a 3-3 record.
Filipovic recently bounced back from a loss to Junior Dos Santos by defeating Anthony Perosh at UFC 110 in Australia.
He faces fellow K-1 kickboxing veteran Pat Barry in the co-main event of UFC 115. Barry made the jump from kickboxing to mixed martial arts two years ago, accumulating a 5-1 professional record. His only loss was to Tim Hague early last year. He rebounded with a TKO of Antoni Hardonk at UFC 104 last September.
UFC 115 marks the promotion’s first venture into Vancouver.
Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):
-Chuck Liddell (21-7) vs. Rich Franklin (26-5)
-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (26-7-2) vs. Pat Barry (5-1)
-Paulo Thiago (13-1; #5 Welterweight)* vs. Martin Kampmann (16-3; #10 Welterweight)*
-Ben Rothwell (30-7) vs. Gilbert Yvel (36-14-1)
-Carlos Condit (24-5) vs. Rory MacDonald (10-0)
Preliminary Bouts (On Spike TV):
-Mac Danzig (19-7-1) vs. Matt Wiman (11-5)
-Tyson Griffin (14-2) vs. Evan Dunham (10-0)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-David Loiseau (19-9) vs. Mario Miranda (9-1)
-James Wilks (6-3) vs. Peter Sobotta (8-2)
-Claude Patrick (11-1) vs. Ricardo Funch (7-1)
-Mike Pyle (18-7-1) vs. Jesse Lennnox (11-2)
*Based on the MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings