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Tito Ortiz out of The Ultimate Fighter 11

UFC light heavyweight star Tito Ortiz has left The Ultimate Fighter 11 and will not be fighting his old nemesis Chuck Liddell. Ortiz has been replaced by another long time UFC veteran, Rich Franklin who will now face Chuck Liddell at UFC 115 in Vancouver.

Dana White and the UFC are remaining tight lipped about the reasons or manner of his sudden departure. Speculation concerning UFC stalwart Ortiz has been rife for a few weeks now with Dana White and the UFC being pretty mute on the subject of Ortiz and series 11 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Dana White was quoted as saying

“Fans and media have been asking me for weeks what is happening on The Ultimate Fighter Season 11, saying things like ‘is Tito off the show, is Chuck fighting Rich?’ Today, I’m officially announcing that Chuck Liddell will fight Rich Franklin at UFC 115.  I wish I could tell you why, but everyone’s just going to have to watch The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 on Spike TV.

What I can say is that these are two UFC legends, and they give everything they have in every second of a fight. Both of these guys are looking to get back to the top of the light heavyweight division.  Liddell and Franklin at 205 pounds is going to be a war, and I can’t wait to do our first UFC event ever in Vancouver.”

Tickets sales for the Vancouver UFC event UFC 115 sold out in just 30 mins the fastest sales for a UFC in history.

UFC 115 in Vancouver sold out in just 30 minutes in a pre-sale Tuesday, two days before tickets were scheduled to go on sale to the general public.

UFC president Dana White broke the news via Twitter.

“Vancouver sold out in 30 mins!!!! Thank you Vancouver we worked hard on getting it there. Thank you Mayor Robertson.”

The tickets all sold out via the UFC’s FightClub and didn’t even make it on sale to the general public.

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Rampage

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The all Britsh final of The Ultimate Fighter season 9.  Andre Winner vs Ross Pearson. The two Brits battle for the $100,000 UFC contract.

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ULTIMATE FIGHTER 9 FINALE AWARDS & BONUSES

Fights of the Night:

-Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida
-Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns
-Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz

Knockout of the Night:

-Tomasz Drwal

Submission of the Night

-Jason Dent

Each figher who was awarded a boumus recieved $25,000

This was the first time thatthree Fight of the Night Bonuses have bee awarded.

According to MMAJunkie attendance was estimated at just over 1,800 with gate receipts of $500,000.

NOTE ON THE SPONSOR (from MMA Payout)

One sponsor of the show of note last night was EA Sports, who were pushing their Fight Night boxing franchise both in commercials and with an ad on the mat. EA has announced the launching of their own MMA game in 2010 and their arrival in the market was the impetus for the UFC demanding lifetime video game rights for those appearing in UFC Undisputed 2009. The attitude towards EA may change with the arrival of EA MMA, but in the meantime their money is still green and the UFC seems to view the MMA/Boxing crossover minimal, since they greenlighted the ad.

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The UFC has traditionally award TUF coaches a top spec vehicle at the conclusion of a TUF season. Rich Franklin got a new Hummer in season two and Matt Hughes even negotiated for a pricey John Deere tractor after season six. Well Bisping and Henderson are no exception and both have been given new cars but not just any car.

The new vehicle is a specialty Windsor Collection edition Range Rover that comes with custom STRUT body kits and full audio-video and navigation systems.

Mike Bisping Takes Delivery Of His New STRUT Range Rover

Mike Bisping Takes Delivery Of His New STRUT Range Rover

“It’s an absolutely amazing car,” Bisping said. “It’s not just a Ranger Rover. It’s like the top of the range with every extra little extra on it you can imagine. “

Range Rovers are built in Solihull, West Midlands in Bisping’s home of the United Kingdom and have been a symbol of Brutishness since their inception just after the second world war.  But  these vehicles have had the STRUT treatment.

Headquartered in Corona, California, STRUT’s stunning jewellery collection for luxury vehicles is designed for discriminating automotive enthusiasts who demand the height of sophistication and style in all of life’s passions. Handcrafted of the finest chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished and signed by the artisan, STRUT products are designed and manufactured to withstand any weather condition, providing ongoing lustre and a superior appearance.

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Ok, who knows the most about MMA ?  My mate Dave or Dave Jackson, assistant coach on The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 for Team UK ?

My mate Dave is a massive UFC fan and a bit of a UFC statto. Dave Jackson is Muay Thai coach at the Wolfslair MMA Academy and was assistant coach for Team UK on TUF 9.

So who is best placed to make the accurate predictions, the fan or the expert ?

Dave Blake UFC Fan

Dave Blake UFC Fan

Dave Blake (UFC Fan)

Dave Jackson (TUF 9 Team UK Assistant Coach)

Dave Jackson (TUF 9 Team UK Assistant Coach)

Dave Jackson (TUF 9 Assistant Coach)

Sanchez v Guida
Both have crazy cardio and should be well matched on the ground. Sanchez has the edge in the striking department which should see him through to a unanimous points win. Sanchez to win. I think he will be able to nullify Guida’s wrestling but has better stand up and this will tell as the fight goes on so I am guessing he will take it via last round TKO
Sanchez – points Sanchez – last round TKO
Wiks v Johnson
Wilks impressed in his semi against, all be it an already beaten up, Frank Lester. Johnson was hurt by Nick Osipczak, he can expect more of the same from Wilks, who hits a more authority, whilst not finding it so easy to muscle him around. Well I have to say this is a hard fight to pick. If James brings his A game he can beat Demarques both on his feet and on the ground but Demarques is a very determined fighter and will be hard to beat.
Wilks – points Wilks – rd 2 submission
Lytle v Burns
Lytle has a tonne of experience, granite chin (ask Paul Taylor) and has no problem slugging it out. Burns looked good in defeat against Johnson but I see Lytle’s experience giving him the victory in the second. Lytle’s experience should give him the edge in this fight and I see a late sub for him.
Lytle – TKO rd 2 Lytle – Submission
Pearson v Winner
Should be a good one this. Ross is a non stop action type of fighter while Winner is the more technical. Coming out of Dan Hardy’s camp I see Winner as being the most improved since they left the house ten weeks or so ago. Winner’s reach will give him a decisive advantage and a close decision victory. Ross and Andre is a hard pick. Both guys can beat the other on any given day. I am gonna’ flip a coin and guess that Ross may be edges it and wins on points.
Winner – points Pearson – points (via coin toss)
Stevenson v Diaz
I don’t think Joe has been the same since his loss to BJ Penn at UFC 80. Diaz on the other hand is improving. Dangerous on the ground and unorthodox striking make him a handful for anyone. Punches in bunches from Diaz will ware Joe out and lead him to a stoppage late into the second round.
Diaz – TKO rd 2 Stevenson – rd 2 Submission

Fightnub would like to thank Dave Jackson for taking a phone call on Friday evening and bothering to do this. Cheers Dave. Dave Jackson is Muay Thai coach at the Wolfslair MMA academy home of Mike Bisping, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Paul Kelly, Ricco Rodreguez and host of other top MMA athletes.Dave also runs his own Muay Thai gym, Warrington Thai Boxing in Warrington Cheshire and is available for private lessons (when he isn’t jetting around the world training champions).

Fightnub would also like to thank Mike Bisping for taking a phone call early in the morning in Vegas (we forgot about the time difference, sorry Mike). However we decided not to go with Mike’s predictions as his name isn’t Dave and we thought the headline Dave vs Dave was catchy.

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