Chuck Liddell, arguably the most recognizable UFC star of all time, was originally scheduled to fight Tito Ortiz on June 12th of 2010. Liddell had already knocked out Ortiz twice heading into their trilogy bout which would come after the two rivals finished their coaching duties for TUF season 11. Unfortunately for Chuck, Tito would be forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Franklin would finish coaching duties for Tito's team of fighters and would also be slotted in as Liddell's new opponent for the main event of UFC 115, an event that would serve as first UFC card to be held in British Columbia.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Liddell looked more cut than he ever had in his career at the weigh in's on June 11th, which were held inside of the GM Place, the same building that houses the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and that would hold the fights on the following night. When referee Herb Dean decided it was time for these two legends to do war, Liddell came out looking better than he had in years. He may not have known it at the time, but he broke Franklin's left forearm with a kick early on in the contest - en route to what likely would have been a 10-9 round for 'The Pit' legend due to Octagon control and scoring mid round take down. Instead, the contest, and career of Liddell would come to a screeching halt with just five seconds left in the round, via the right hand of the "Ace". Liddell's chin had exceeded it's allotted mileage and future UFC Hall of Famer Rich Franklin would be the last man to test it.
Relive this historic bout below.