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TUF 11: Welcome, Rich Franklin

There's been all sorts of speculation, rumor, conjecture and thought patterns about how UFC 115 may be a one-and-done for the returning Chuck Liddell.

But that's Saturday night. On Wednesday night, it was Rich Franklin's chance for a one-and-done moment.

He replaced Tito Ortiz as coach of Team Punishment for the final episode of Season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Ortiz pulled out of his fight with Liddell at UFC 115 with a neck injury, so UFC president Dana White replaced him on the show. That was during filming in late February/early March.

Kris McCray, the lone Team Punishment/Ortiz/Franklin fighter left in the semifinals, certainly can't be harmed by the late coaching changes. Not when the new assistant coaches walked in after Franklin was introduced. Oh, hello Forrest Griffin, Gray Maynard and Tyson Griffin.


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