UFC 115 betting fans will instead see Liddell take on Rich Franklin, who will take Ortiz’s place with the UFC 115 odds after Ortiz went for surgery for his neck.
Liddell and Ortiz both head up teams that have been featured on a Spike TV reality series and the fact that Ortiz pulled out of his scheduled UFC 115 betting matchup with Liddell threw a wrench into that.
From the start Liddell suspected that Ortiz would bail out of the UFC 115 gambling event and he angrily told UFC President Dana White that “I told you he was gonna do this from Day One. That’s why I didn’t want to do this with him.”
Ortiz was not happy about having to forego a bet on UFC 115mathcup with Liddell.
“It’s very challenging,” said Ortiz. “I had everything taken from me in the blink of an eye.”
Franklin will enter action with the UFC 115 odds as one of the most respected and popular fighters of all time in the series. Franklin is looking to launch a major comeback in the Light Heavyweight division and wants to earn another shot at the title.
He will enter UFC 115 gambling coming off a technical knockout loss to Vitor Belfort on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103 at the 3:02 mark of the first round.
It was a disappointing result for Franklin as he had sparked hopes for his comeback bid with a win in his previous bout on June 13, 2009 in UFC 99 over Wanderlei Silva in a unanimous decision.
Franklin has lost two out of his last three bouts with the UFC betting lines. He previously fought in the Middleweight division and won the title belt in 2005. He successfully defended the Middleweight title twice before losing it to Anderson Silva.
He lost a rematch with Silva for the Middleweight title and soon moved on to the Light Heavyweight division. He enters UFC115 betting with a career record of 26-5 with 14 knockout wins and 9 wins by submission. The 35 year old Franklin is from Cincinnati, Ohio and fights with Team Extreme/AMC Pankration.