Main Event | UFC Middleweight Championship | 185 lbs
Rich Franklin defeats Nate Quarry via KO/TKO at 2:34 of Round 1
|20-1-0||Pro Record At Fight||8-1-0||Climbed to 21-1||Record After Fight||Fell to 8-2|
|-350 (Moderate Favorite)||Betting Odds||+260 (Moderate Underdog)|
|United States||Nationality||United States|
|Cincinnati, Ohio||Fighting out of||Gresham, Oregon|
|31 years, 1 month||Age at Fight||33 years, 8 months, 1 day|
|183.5 lbs (83.2 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)|
|6'1" (186cm)||Height||6'0" (183cm)|
|Team Extreme||Gym||Team Quest Portland|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 56: Full Force
- Date: Saturday 11.19.2005
- Referee: John McCarthy
- Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 8 of 8)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
- TV Commentary: Matt Vasgersian, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Franklin Total Disclosed Pay: $26,000
- Quarry Total Disclosed Pay: $10,000
- Title on Line: UFC Middleweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Franklin
Franklin vs. Quarry Wiki Update Wiki
Before running into his Kryptonite in the form of Anderson Silva, UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin was almost unstoppable in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. Since joining the UFC in 2003, he had reeled off dominant victories over Evan Tanner (twice), Ken Shamrock, and Jorge Rivera. In November of 2005, during his first title defense, Franklin notched the most stunning knockout of his career by finishing Nate Quarry in the first round.
One of the favorites to win The Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight tournament, Nate Quarry was forced out of the competition due to an ankle injury. Following his recovery, however, the standout reeled off three first-round knockouts in the UFC, including finishes of Shonie Carter and Pete Sell. Unfortunately, Quarry’s reward came in the form of a title shot against Franklin, a man considered to be among the best in the world at the time.
Heading into their title clash at UFC 56, both Quarry and Franklin were given respect for their striking ability and finishing power. Franklin, however, was not only much more experienced against top-level competition, but he was also better versed in wrestling and submissions. Were the fight to remain on its feet, Quarry was given a decent shot of knocking Franklin out. Either way, since Quarry had never been finished to that point in his career, most fans thought he would be able to take Franklin’s best shots.
The first half of the first round was spent largely as a feeling-out process. Both fighters stuck and moved with neither landing anything of significance. Franklin looked to be taking control, but it was still anyone’s fight until the 2:34 mark, when Franklin initiated one of the greatest knockouts in MMA history. After backing Quarry up with a solid right jab, Franklin floored the challenger with a straight left down the pipe. Quarry went limp on his way to the ground and landed stiffened up, with his jaw clenched and his fists in the air in a gruesome state of unconscious seizure. Quarry stayed down for some time after the bout had been called.
Now years past, the pulverizing left continues to hold prominence in Franklin’s all-time highlight reel. It is the most dazzling finish of Franklin’s professional career, though he has defeated far stiffer competition than Quarry in the interim.