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Rich Franklin vs. Ken Shamrock

Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA

Rich Franklin defeats Ken Shamrock via KO/TKO at 2:42 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Rich "Ace" Franklin
Mmaweekly large "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock

Round 1

Rich Franklin Ken Shamrock

"Ace" "The World's Most Dangerous Man"

18-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   26-8-2
Climbed to 19-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 26-9
-200 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +170 (Slight Underdog)
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
Cincinnati, Ohio   Fighting out of   Reno, Nevada
30 years, 6 months, 4 days   Age at Fight   41 years, 1 month, 1 day
203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   202.0 lbs (91.6 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
76.0" (193cm)   Reach   72.4" (184cm)
Team Extreme   Gym   Lion's Den
The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
  • Bout Information
  • Event: The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
  • Date: Saturday 04.09.2005
  • Referee: John McCarthy
  • Venue: Cox Pavilion
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 9 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary:
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Franklin Total Disclosed Pay: $14,000
  • Shamrock Total Disclosed Pay: $230,000
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Franklin vs. Shamrock Wiki Update Wiki

Coming into the fight with a 17-1 professional record and a 3-0 mark in the UFC, light heavyweight contender Rich Franklin was on fire, having stopped every one of his opponents inside of the distance. Unfortunately for Shamrock, who was about to embark on a five-fight losing streak, that trend was not about to let up, as Franklin overcame some early adversity to help usher in the new age of light heavyweights with a first-round finish due to strikes. For Franklin, it was also a win against an opponent with huge name recognition; “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” was one of the few pit fighters from the early days of no-holds-barred to remain familiar to a broad television audience. Their TUF 1 Finale contest was the biggest fight ever shown free on live cable television up to that point in time.

Franklin controlled the pace of the fight from start to finish, but there was a point early on where Shamrock nearly forced him to tap due to one of his patented leg lock submissions. After escaping from the precarious position, the clearly superior Franklin forced the stoppage due to strikes at the 2:42 mark of the first round.

Following the bout, Shamrock was courteous in defeat, while Franklin heaped praise onto the UFC Hall of Famer despite his win. Franklin admitted after the fight that he was in serious trouble with the leg lock, but that he would not tap out from pain. After the career-changing victory over Shamrock, Franklin would drop to 185 lbs. to win the UFC Middleweight Championship and defend it twice before losing to Brazilian phenomenon Anderson Silva in 2006.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:45 PM ET
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