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Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin in the Works for June's UFC 115

Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin have agreed to meet at UFC 115 in June, MMA Fighting has learned. Several Internet reports surfaced over the past 24 hours stating that the light heavyweight fight would take place at the rumored UFN 22 in April, but as MMA Junkie first reported, the plan is for the fight to take place June 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The organization has yet to officially announce the fight or why Tito Ortiz will not be facing Liddell after all.

Ortiz, who was a coach on the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Liddell, has been tweeting some cryptic messages lately, which helped fuel speculation that his planned fight against Liddell was off.

On Feb. 24th, Ortiz Tweeted:
If things couldn't get worse. They just did! [Expletive}!!!! I want to thank all my fans for your support!

Jenna and I are fine. I guess business is business

However, the next day Ortiz wrote: "Now its time to get ready to kick Chucks [sic] a**."

According to sources close to the situation, both Franklin and Liddell have verbally agreed to the fight, but contracts have not been signed.

The 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter premieres March 31 on Spike TV.

Liddell was last seen losing to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97, while Franklin lost via first-round TKO to Vitor Belfort in September.

UPDATE: UFC president Dana White tweeted Saturday afternoon that "nothing happened to Tito" and that Randy Couture, not Liddell, will be facing Franklin in the future.

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