Dana White Of UFC Issues Update On Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin Fight

Updated: Liddell-Franklin Likely for June, White Issues Response: ”

Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The rumblings of the UFC counter programming Strikeforce got much stronger today when it was reported that Chuck Liddell would be facing former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC Fight Night on April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Liddell was originally reported to be facing Tito Ortiz at UFC 115 but according to Fighters Only, Ortiz is dealing with something that may significantly impact his future as a fighter and it’s not an injury.

Update: 2:38 PM: Sherdog.com and MMAJunkie.com are now reporting that the bout between Liddell and Franklin will now take place at UFC 115 in June, not the rumored show for April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Update: 8:00 PM: UFC president Dana White has now posted a response on his Twitter saying, “Not true! We are doing Couture vs. Franklin, not Chuck.” Stay tuned for more.

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Dana White: Randy Couture (not Chuck Liddell) vs Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in Vancouver:

Dana White: Randy Couture (not Chuck Liddell) vs Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in Vancouver: ”

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Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (25-5) will not face Chuck Liddell (21-7) at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver despite numerous reports that surfaced earlier today.

On the contrary, ‘Ace’ will headline the show opposite former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, in a 205-pound showdown, according to UFC President Dana White.

In addition, White assured fans that ‘nothing happened to Tito’ and that he and the ‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ are still ‘cool,’ indicating that he is perhaps still set to battle nemesis Chuck Liddell as planned at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11.

More on this breaking news as soon as possible.

In addition to Couture vs. Franklin, UFC 115 is expected to feature a heavyweight mash-up between Mirko Cro Cop and Pat Barry while welterweights Martin Kampmann and Paulo Thiago make their case for 170-pound contendership.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates on this still-developing fight card.

You Have To Question Credibility Of Dana White & UFC Ultimate Fighter After James McSweeney Vs. Wes Shivers Judges Debacle

UFC Ultimate Fighter James McSweeney Vs. Wes Shivers: Is Dana White On LSD, Are The Judges On Crack, Or Both?: ”

After UFC Ultimate Fighter Wes Shivers lost in a decision to James McSweeney on Spike Tv, I’m beginning to wonder if MMA is going lose credibilty in some of its decisions. If Dana White doesn’t come out and say something about this decision, I am going to start losing respect for him. I know, big loss for Dana. I know what his response would be: don’t let it go to the judges scorecards. Fine. But White needs to seriously question what fight those judges were watching. I imagine Dana will do some behind the scenes shuffling either by speaking to the judges or getting some new ones. If he does nothing after that travesty, then he seriously needs to consider retiring or resigning.

I mean, if me and 20 other Twitterers can sit home on our couch and plainly see that Shivers got robbed, and White does nothing, then…what the heck?

Ok, I’ll give McSweeney credit. I even thought he was going to do much better than he did before the fight. But McSweeney was literally running from Shivers during the fight. Talk about octagon control–were the refs sleeping?

On the feet, Shivers caught McSweeney a couple times, but it was tough for him because Sweeney was so fast running away. Shivers almost pulled off a Kimora on the ground in the first round before letting him up.

Shivers also had McSweeney on the ground for most of the 2nd round before getting reversed. In the last minute, McSweeney did catch Shivers with a punch and a knee that buckled him. But after going down, Shivers was able to reverse to back on top before the end of the fight.

So McSweeney wins after a few leg kicks and for catching Shivers in the last 30 seconds? Shivers couldn’t have been that hurt because he finished the fight on top. He even had McSweeney in full mount at one point.

I’m sorry Dana White. If you don’t come out and say something, I lose mad credibility for you here. At least say the judges stayed out too late the night before. Maybe they will say something at the beginning of the next show on the fight recap. I’ve seen some questionable decisions, but there is no way Shivers loses that. A draw maybe–but even that’s a stretch. And 2 judges had Shivers losing 20-18! I know Shivers was gassed, but McSweeney RAN from him–I’d be gassed chasing him too.

Dana, dude, do something. If a bunch of amateurs think the fix is in, you have to respond. By doing nothing, you are admitting the judges totally screwed up and you are not able to do anything about it. That would not only bring White’s credibility into question, but the UFC as well as all of MMA. What do you think?