|UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||June 12, 2010|
|Venue||General Motors Place|
|City||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 12, 2010 at General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This was the fourth UFC event to be held in Canada, following UFC 83, UFC 97 and UFC 113 and the first UFC event held in British Columbia since they passed a bill to sanction MMA, on December 17, 2009. For a few days, this event location was in jeopardy because there were still no regulations in place to promote the sport professionally within Vancouver and Cincinnati was rumoured to be a possible location for moving this event. However, the problems were resolved and Dana White confirmed that the show will be going ahead in Vancouver on the scheduled date.
The main event was tentatively set to be a third bout featuring Ultimate Fighter coaches and former Light Heavyweight Champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. In March, rumours began to circulate that Rich Franklin would replace Ortiz as Liddell's opponent, after Ortiz had supposedly withdrawn from the fight. However, Dana White denied this via his Twitter account on March 13, 2010, nothing that Liddell vs. Ortiz was still set to be the main event. Then, after the announcement, Ortiz had to withdraw from the match due to neck surgery.
Despite confirming Liddell/Ortiz III would in fact be the main event for the card, the main event was confirmed on April 12 as Liddell vs. Franklin due to a neck injury suffered by Ortiz.
- Pyle defeated Lennox via technical submission (triangle choke) at 4:44 of round 3. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Liddell vs. Franklin fight.
- Patrick defeated Funch via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:48 of round 2. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Danzig vs. Wiman fight.
- Wilks defeated Sobotta via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–28, 30–27).
- Miranda defeated Loiseau via TKO (punches) at 4:07 of round 2.
Preliminary card (televised)
- Wiman defeated Danzig via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:45 of round 1. Referee Yves Lavigne controversially stopped the fight although Danzig did not tap out and was not left unconscious by the choke.
- Dunham defeated Griffin via split decision (30–27, 28–29, 29–28).
- Condit defeated MacDonald via TKO (elbows and punches) at 4:53 of round 3.
- Rothwell defeated Yvel via unanimous decision. (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
- Kampmann defeated Thiago via unanimous decision. (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
- Filipović defeated Barry via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:30 of round 3.
- Franklin defeated Liddell via KO (punches) 4:57 of round 1.
Fighters were awarded $85,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
- Knockout of the Night: Rich Franklin
- Submission of the Night: Mirko Filipović
The following does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.
- Rich Franklin $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus) def. Chuck Liddell ($500,000)
- Mirko Filipovic $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus) def. Pat Barry ($11,000)
- Martin Kampman $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Paulo Thiago ($18,000)
- Ben Rothwell $100,000 ($50,000 win bonus) def. Gilbert Yvel ($30,000)
- Carlos Condit $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus) def. Rory MacDonald ($8,000)
- Evan Dunham $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus) def. Tyson Griffin ($28,000)
- Matt Wiman $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Mac Danzig ($24,000)
- Mario Miranda $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. David Loiseau ($12,000)
- James Wilks $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Peter Sobotta ($4,000)
- Claude Patrick $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Funch ($5,000)
- Mike Pyle $38,000 ($19,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Lennox ($7,000)
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