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Posts by tag: Rich Franklin

2 years ago

UFC On Fuel TV 6 Franklin vs. Le Winners and Wrap-Up

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The UFC made another landmark first this Saturday morning as they brought their first live event from China to the masses. UFC on Fuel TV 6 went live early Saturday morning on Fuel TV. While not every bout delivered fireworks, there were a number of exciting bouts, capped off by a short main event punctuated by a big knockout and an even bigger upset.

With another night of fights in the book, it’s time to look forward at what’s next for each fighter. Usually I like to focus solely on the main card, but since the preliminary card for this bout was relatively small, only three bouts, I’ve decided to take a look at all of the bouts from the night and take a look at what’s next for all of the fighters, as well as giving you a short breakdown of the night’s action.

Riki Fukuda defeated Tom DeBlass via Unanimous Decision ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC On Fuel TV 6 Results: Le KO’s Franklin

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The UFC made history on Saturday when it brought its first-ever event to the country of China. A mixed show broadcast live on Fuel TV that saw a highly anticipated fight end quickly with one of the most stunning knockouts of the year.

Cung Le pulled off a major upset in the UFC on Fuel TV 6 main-event when he KO’d former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. In just over two minutes the former Strikeforce champion floored the former UFC champion with a single right handed punch. The big overhand right earned Cung his second UFC win in a row and his first KO/TKO win in over two years.

The fight really wasn’t much of a fight at all. The first 90 seconds saw both fighters feeling each other out with Franklin dancing in and out landing strikes. I thought Cung actually looked a lot heavier on his feet than Franklin and ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC On Fuel TV 6 Franklin vs. Le Predictions and Analysis

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This Saturday marks a monumental occasion for the UFC and possibly the sport of MMA in general, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion makes it’s debut in China.  The event will air on Fuel TV and the main card features a number of intriguing bouts. Unfortunately for fight fans, they’re going to need to set their alarms early if they want to have any chance of seeing the bouts live as the event starts at 9 a.m. Fortunately for those of you like me, who hate to be awake for nearly any reason there will be a replay later in the night on Saturday.

Live from the CotaiArena in the Venetian Casino on the Cotai Strip, Macau UFC on Fuel: Macao is headlined by former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin taking on former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le. Other main card bouts include Thiago Silva taking on Stanislav Nedkov, ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Top Five UFC The Ultimate Fighter Coaches Of All-Time

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To date there have been fifteen seasons of The Ultimate Fighter that have aired in the USA on Spike TV and FX, plus a sixteenth season that is currently airing on FX. Add to that a completed season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and a currently airing season of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes (UK vs. Australia) and there have been thirty professional fighters who have served time as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.

With the recent announcement of Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as upcoming coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, many people have seen through the UFC’s charade, and are criticizing the UFC’s decision to forego the sporting aspect of the UFC and instead focus solely on the business aspect of the UFC. Despite what fans may believe about the decision to use Sonnen and Jones as coaches on the next season of the UFC’s flagship ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Anderson Silva’s Camp Want GSP, Franklin, Or Diaz

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Ed Soares Anderson SilvaThe UFC has a big problem on their hands. The UFC has a champion that only wants to fight marquee fighters as opposed to the “amateurs.” Anderson Silva’s camp doesn’t care what your record is. If you aren’t a name, go to the back of the line.

While the UFC middleweight champion doesn’t do much speaking, his managers Ed Soares and Jorge Guimaraes do plenty. Both managers (because when you are that good, you need more than one) recently talked to the press about potential upcoming fights for their champion and let’s just say they aren’t nearly as excited about a Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva fight as you are.

Silva’s co-manager Guimaraes was the first to make headlines last week when he was asked about Silva’s next opponent.

“No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment. Unless ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC 147: Franklin Vs. Silva II Results – Franklin Wins A War

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UFC 147 turned was turned into a joke on blogs and in social media in the days leading up to the fight. Yet the joke was on any fan who passed on watching the event as they missed out on an outstanding main-event between Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva.

While the undercard for this card was terrible on paper, I never understood the outrage at the main-event. Many criticized the headliner as a weak fight and mocked the two fighters as if they were past their primes. In the end pride took over and these two warriors went out there and had an absolute war for five rounds silencing critics and having fans scrambling to order the replay.

Rich Franklin defeated Wanderlei Silva in the main-event by unanimous decision in the Fight of the Night. All three judges gave Franklin the fight with 49-46 scores. Franklin controlled most of the fight but ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Rich Franklin & Wanderlei Silva’s Awkward Elevator Meeting – Video

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This is an awesome video! What would happen if two UFC rivals were to wind up in the same elevator a day before they are scheduled to headline a UFC event? Well you are about to find out as Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva find themselves in an awkward situation.

I love this video. It really shows the class of both Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin in my opinion. The video was shot on Friday after the UFC 147 weigh-ins. Franklin is about to get on the elevator before realizing Wanderlei and his team are in the elevator. The guys have a lot of fun including one of Wandy’s team members who yells, “Let’s get him!”

You can check out the video for yourself here. As much crap as these guys are taking online for being a subpar main-event, they appear to be loose, calm, and in fun spirits. It is obvious ..click here to read more , ,

2 years ago

UFC 147: Silva Vs. Franklin II Predictions & Analysis

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The second UFC event this weekend is a Pay Per View offering from Brazil. Originally scheduled to be headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2, the inability to secure a national soccer stadium began a downward spiral for this card. The card then shifted to an indoor venue, the Estadio Journalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil for Saturday June 23, 2012. The new main event was announced as a battle between the two coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil; Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort. Unfortunately for the UFC the injury-bug then proceeded to continue reeking havoc on the card.

A broken hand suffered in training forced Vitor Belfort to withdraw and brought in late replacement Rich Franklin, a man who has already defeated Silva once in his career. Another major injury took out Daniel Sarafian a Middleweight finalist on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. He is now being replaced by ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

10 Main Events Worse Than UFC 147

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The UFC 147 headliner featuring Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin 2 has been dubbed by many the worst main-event in UFC history. However, a look back tells us that there have been far less interesting fights sold as UFC main-events.

I am certainly not thrilled about the fight but at the same time I think it is absurd to call this the worst headliner in UFC history. I have watched UFC since the start and I can tell you that there have been far worse mismatches passed off as main-events by Zuffa. This got me to thinking and with a little refresher help from Wikipedia, I was able to easily come up with ten fights that were far worse main-events on paper than the UFC 147 headliner.

Now to be fair not all of these fights were sold on pay per view. Some of these fights were given away for free on ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Wanderlei Silva Vs. Rich Franklin II Set For UFC 147

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The injury bug has bit the UFC once again, forcing the promotion to scramble for a new main-event. In the case of UFC 147 the new main-event is actually an old main-event. Former MMA champions Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva will now square off on June 23 in Brazil.

The fight announcement was a bit of a surprise. Silva’s original opponent Vitor Belfort officially pulled out of the main-event against Wanderlei last week after suffering a hand injury. Silva and Belfort are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. The coach vs. coach homeland headliner was scrapped in favor of a rematch of the UFC 99 main-event.

Silva vs. Franklin was not on anyone’s radar when it came to predicting the new Brazilian main-event. Franklin was originally signed to fight Cung Le at UFC 148. Personally I was hoping to see Alan Belcher get the call but it was ..click here to read more , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC Announces Two Big Summer Fights

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Cung Le UFCThe UFC worked hard this past weekend finalizing two big fights. Two fights that some hardcore MMA fans could dub “Dream Fights” are confirmed and will be heating up an already red hot summer for the UFC.

A battle of former champions will take place this July at UFC 148. Former Strikeforce champion Cung Le returns to action to take on former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin in a battle of middleweight stars at the MGM Grand.

Franklin is returning to action after a 17-month layoff that saw him booked and removed from last summer’s UFC 133 show in Philadelphia. Franklin has been idle due to a shoulder injury although his name has popped up from time to time in rumored fights. Franklin will be returning to middleweight for the first time since he defeated Travis Lutter at ..click here to read more , , , , ,

3 years ago

Rampage Jackson Explains Missed Weight For UFC 144 Fight

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Rampage JacksonIt is easy to understand the outrage across the Internet with Rampage missing weight for his UFC 144 showdown with Ryan Bader. However, this interview following the weigh-ins with Jackson does provide some clarity to a polarizing situation.

Rampage Jackson continues to be one of the most polarizing fighters in the UFC. Unfortunately for Jackson, the haters will speak much louder after he screws up, including missing weight for a fight. Jackson has the unfortunate timing of missing weight while the topic is still red hot following Anthony Johnson’s incident in Brazil.

I am a Jackson fan, although his antics outside of the octagon have diminished my enthusiasm for the former Pride FC fighter over the years. But even I will offer Rampage the benefit of the doubt on this one after hearing his side of the story. As ..click here to read more , , , ,

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