Dana White, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and Rich Franklin break the silence!

UFC President Dana White was caught between a rock and a hard place when the news broke early of Tito Ortiz being replaced by Rich Franklin in both The Ultimate Fighter 11 and UFC 115.

So for the first time since the UFC announced the new plans for UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin, everyone has spoken out publicly!.

Here is Dana White, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and Rich Franklin speaking about the recent happenings surrounding all the hype that is TUF 11 & UFC 115!

Dana White, speaking via a press release sent out earlier today, said:

“Fans and media have been asking me for weeks what is happening on The Ultimate Fighter Season 11, saying things like ‘is Tito off the show, is Chuck fighting Rich.’ Today, I’m officially announcing that Chuck Liddell will fight Rich Franklin at UFC 115. I wish I could tell you why, but everyone’s just going to have to watch The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 on Spike TV.”

“What I can say is that these are two UFC legends, and they give everything they have in every second of a fight. 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.”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell thoughts on the new fight:

“I’m ready for this fight, I’m in the best shape of my life, and I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon. I can’t tell the fans what happens in the Ultimate Fighter 11, you have to watch the show, but I’ll tell you how this is gonna end, I’m knocking Rich out.”

Liddell also comments on not being able to fight Ortiz for the third time:

“When I started the show with that pussy I was assured he’d fight me at the end I was pissed and have done as little interviews as I could since I knew. I don’t think that bitch ever planned on fighting me.”

Tito Ortiz, responded via his Twitter page, saying:

“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 in 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!”

Former middleweight champion, Rich Franklin spoke on his new opponent:

“Chuck is a gamer. 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.”

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