Although former middleweight champ Rich Franklin was ecstatic over his 1stRound knockout of Chuck Liddell at UFC 115, Franklin isn’t pleased he’s the fighter that may have sent the Hall of Famer into the retirement home.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet victory because Chuck and I are friends,” Franklin said after collecting his 28th win. “I don’t want to be the guy labeled as, ‘this is the person that put him out of the sport.’ I don’t like the thought of that.”
Despite stepping in as a last-minute replacement for the injured Tito Ortiz, Franklin proved he’s still got many miles left in his MMA gas tank. However, the former math teacher may need a moment to heal up.
“I was just happy the fight was over,” said a relieved Franklin. “I knew my arm was broken and there was a part of me wondering what kind of strategy I was going to use to win the fight with a broken arm.
“I kind of got stupid standing in front of him. He looked like he was making himself tired though, putting a lot of energy into punches that weren’t landing.”
A strike that did find its target was the short-right Franklin floored “The Iceman” with. Chucky ate the shot just seconds before the 1stRound horn was set to blast off.
Despite suffering a broken forearm in the bout’s opening ticks, Franklin’s doctor suggested he keep it wrapped in a cast to see how it heals. According to Sherdog.com, it will be re-assessed in three weeks to determine if surgery will be required.