UFC-115: Rich Franklin knocks out Liddell

With many surprises and spectacular turns, UFC-115 rocked the city of Vancouver, Canada on Saturday night. In the main fight of the event, Chuck Liddell the fight against Rich Franklin, but after an oversight in the final seconds of the opening round, he ended up surprised and was severely knocked out by the former middleweight champion. Already Mirko Cro Cop also promoted a great duel with Pat Barry. After receiving two knockdowns, he recovered and submitted the American with a rear naked choke in the third round. Among the Brazilians on the card, Mario Miranda achieved his first victory in the UFC by knocking out the experienced David Loiseau, but Richard Funch e Paulo thiago were defeated by Claude Patrick and Martin Kampmannrespectively.


Franklin knocks out Liddell with a broken arm


Trying to recover from a series of just one victory in five fights, Chuck Liddell started the fight against Rich Franklin in an amazing way. Working well with his boxing and especially his kicks, the moicano hit his opponent with power, who also tried to respond with straight lefts. Better in the fight, Chuck still took the fight to the ground and landed some ground and pound blows. But in search of the knockout, Liddell cornered Rich on the cage and unleashed blows, but Franklin reacted with a right cross and surprisingly knocked out Liddell.



After the fight, Franklin confirmed that when defending a kick from Chuck, he felt that he had fractured his left arm, but even though he was left-handed he managed to use his right hand to knock out his opponent.



Cro Cop shows determination and submits Pat Barry

In a spectacular turnaround, Mirko Cro Cop proved that he can still do a lot of work among the UFC's heavyweights. After Pat Barry scored two knockdowns in the first round, the Croatian came back better in the second round and managed to land good blows on the American. Excited about his recovery, Cro Cop came out with everything in the last round and used high kicks to scare Pat, who no longer posed any danger. More confident, Cro Cop worked a beautiful sequence of crosses, hooks and rights to take Barry to the ground, from then on he got his back and finished the fight with a rear naked choke.



Paulo thiago is defeated by Kampmann

Close to fighting for the UFC belt, Paulo thiago He was unable to repeat at UFC-115 the good performances he had, especially against Mike Swick and Josh Kosecheck. Facing Martin Kampmann, the Brazilian didn't find the distance to work on his boxing, while his opponent was dangerous with good jabs and powerful straight shots. At a disadvantage in the initial round, Paulo thiago tried to take the fight to the ground, but the Dane was once again superior, defending the Brazilian's entrances, and reversing the game well, staying on top, working on ground and pound and even taking risks with some submission attempts with rear naked choke and katagatame . In the end, Martin Kampmann won with a unanimous decision from the judges. Check out the full results:



Main Card  

Rich Franklin defeated Chuck Liddell by knockout in R1;

Mirko Filipovic defeated Pat Barry via rear naked choke submission in R3;

Martin Kampmann defeated Paulo thiago in the unanimous decision of the judges;

Ben Rothwell defeated Gilbert Yvel via unanimous decision;

Carlos Condit derrotou Rory McDonald by by technical knockout in R3;


Preliminary Card

Evan dunham defeated Tyson Griffin via split decision;

Matt wiman defeated Mac Danzig via submission (guillotine choke) in R1;

Mario Miranda defeated David Loiseau via TKO in R2;

James Wilks defeated Peter sobotta in the unanimous decision of the judges;

Claude Patrick defeated Richard Funch via guillotine submission in R2;

Mike pyle defeated Jesse Lennox via triangle submission in R3;


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