“UFC 115″ Liddell vs. Franklin” took place Saturday night inside the GM Place in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Although the main event between Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin received a lukewarm reaction when it was first announced, the legends put on quite an exciting – yet brief – show.
Unfortunately for “The Iceman,” he was once again on the wrong end of a lights out finish. This time, Liddell was grazed with a right to his nose and immediately hit the canvas. It was the former light heavyweight champion’s fifth loss in his last six outings, four of them ended via some form of knockout.
Making the former high school match teacher’s victory even more impressive was that he broke his left forearm in the opening ticks of the scrap. After putting Liddell to sleep at the 4:55 mark in the opening stanza, Franklin told the audience there was no way he was going to bow out.
“Are you kidding me? I broke my hand before and I didn’t quit. It’s [only] a broken arm! These people came here to see a fight,” Franklin said the the delight of the sell-out crowd.
To help ease the pain, Franklin can look at the extra $85,000 check the UFC cut him for taking home Knockout of the Night honors.
Mike Pyle Defeated Jesse Lennox via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:44 in the 3rdRound
Claude Patrick Defeated Ricardo Funch via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:48 in the 2ndRound
James Wilks Defeated Peter Sobotta via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27)
Mario Miranda Defeated David Loiseau via TKO (Strikes) at 4:07 in the 2ndRound
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Matt Wiman Defeated Mac Danzig via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:45 in the 1stRound
Evan Dunham Defeated Tyson Griffin via Split Decision (30- 29 28-29, 29-28)
Carlos Condit Defeated Rory MacDonald via TKO (Strikes) at 4:53 in the 3rdRound
Ben Rothwell Defeated Gilbert Yvel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Martin Kampmann Defeated Paulo Thiago via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All Three Judges)
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic Defeated Patrick Barry via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:30 in the 3rdRound
Rich Franklin Defeated Chuck Liddell via Knockout (Punch) at 4:55 in the 1stRound
Fight of the Night:
Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald ($85,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic ($85,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Rich Franklin ($85,000)