'UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin' preview and predictions

Two former UFC champions and two of the sports legends will square off tonight when the Ultimate Fighting Championship invades Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for “UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin.” The event will air live on pay-per view from the at GM Place and two of the night’s preliminary bouts will be available live and free at 9 PM E.T. on Spike TV.

Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell (21-7) headlines the fight card when he faces off against a fellow TUF coach, Rich Franklin (25-5).Franklin was a late replacement for Tito Ortiz on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. Ortiz pulled out of the fight with Liddell and as a result he was removed from the rest of the season.

In the evening’s co-main event, K-1 veterans Mirko Cro Cop 26-7-2) and Pat Barry (5-1) will go toe to toe in what is sure to be one of the most exciting stand up wars in recent history. Cro Cop will be looking to show that he is still at the top of his game, while Barry expects to keep his stock rising as one of the sports up and coming stars.

Also on the card is a welterweight bout between Martin Kampmann (18-4) and Paulo Thiago (10-1), a heavyweight slugfest between Ben Rothwell (29-7) and Gilbert Yvel (35-14-1), and a second 170-pound match up between Carlos Condit (24-5) and the UFC’s youngest fighter, Rory MacDonald (10-0), will round off the pay-per view card.

Prior to the pay-per view card, two lightweight bouts can be seen free on Spike TV — Tyson Griffin (14-2) vs. Evan Dunham (10-0) and Matt Wiman (10-5) vs. Mac Danzig (19-7-1).

Here are the “UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin” main card predictions:

*MAIN EVENT: Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin
PREDICTION: Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell via unanimous decision

*Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry
PREDICTION: Pat Barry def. Mirko Cro Cop via second-round KO

*Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago
PREDICTION: Paulo Thiago def. Martin Kampmann via third-round TKO

*Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel
PREDICTION: Ben Rothwell def. Gilbert Yvel via unanimous decision

*Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
PREDICTION: Rory MacDonald def. Carlos Condit via second-round TKO

Bonus Picks (prelims live on Spike TV):

*Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman
PREDICTION: Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via unanimous decision

*Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin
PREDICTION: Tyson Griffin def. Evan Dunham via split decision

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