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Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin

Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA

Forrest Griffin defeats Rich Franklin via 3 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large Forrest Griffin
Mmaweekly large Rich "Ace" Franklin

Round 3

17-6-0   Pro Record At Fight   28-5-0
Climbed to 18-6   Record After Fight   Fell to 28-6
+115 (Near Even)   Betting Odds   -135 (Slight Favorite)
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
Las Vegas, Nevada   Fighting out of   Cincinnati, Ohio
31 years, 7 months, 4 days   Age at Fight   36 years, 4 months
205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs)
6'3" (191cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
77.0" (196cm)   Reach   76.0" (193cm)
Xtreme Couture   Gym   Team Extreme
UFC 126
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
  • Date: Saturday 02.05.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 10 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Franklin Total Disclosed Pay: $75,000
  • Griffin Total Disclosed Pay: $275,000
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Franklin vs. Griffin Wiki Update Wiki

Size and strength won out over speed and athleticism in UFC 126's Co-Main Event, as Forrest Griffin controlled three rounds of action en route to a Unanimous Decision victory over fellow cage veteran Rich Franklin. Oddsmaker lines and Tapology member predictions were among the closest for any bout on the 126 card, as the two men brought similar well-rounded arsenals, led by strong kicking games, to the cage.

The first round proved pivotal to Griffin's victory, not only in his ability to control almost the entire round on the ground and tire his smaller adversary, but also in granting him the psychological edge of an early lead. After securing the takedown early in the round Griffin made only token efforts to pass while raining down peppering leather at a high pace on the defensive Franklin. Franklin, for his part, proved unable to stand for the entirety of the round, and Referee Steve Mazzagatti elected not to intervene through the first five minute stanza, despite little change in the action once Griffin secured the takedown.

The remaining two rounds were more closely contested, and largely standup affairs, with both men mixing leg kicks with punching combinations. The difference proved Griffin's size, strength and slight reach advantage, which kept Franklin barely outside of his effective distance to land power strikes. Franklin's corner, oddly enough, told him between rounds that he was winning the fight, an instruction harshly criticized by UFC President Dana White following the event. Franklin was clearly surprised by the result as the Unanimous Decision scorecards were read in favor of Griffin, but there was little dissent among fans and observers afterwards over Griffin's victory.

Griffin was jubilant and plainly relieved in talking with reporters after the show. It was his first win in the Octagon in roughly a year, and quickly made him relevant again in the Light Heavyweight division. For Franklin, the loss once again raised questions about what the best weight was for the talented but slowly waning fighter to ride out the remainder of his career.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:41 PM ET
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Franklin vs. Griffin Fight Predictions

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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  Karyn Bryant Interviews Forrest Griffin report dead link

    In this video shot following the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference, Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat interviews Forrest Griffin about his weekend fight with Rich Franklin.

  • Video Blog  |  Rich Franklin UFC 126 Video Blog Part 1 report dead link

    Part 1 of a UFC 126 video blog following Rich Franklin as he prepares for his bout against Forrest Griffin. This episode shows Franklin waking up and getting to the gym, what his training diet consists of, and how he tries to relax and keep in tune with his body in the final week before the fight.

  • Interview  |  Forrest Griffin Pre-Fight Interview from UFC report dead link

    Forrest Griffin discusses his upcoming bout with Rich Franklin at UFC 126.

  • Interview  |  Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin Discuss "Tattoo" Fight Bet report dead link

    Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin discuss some unusual possibilities for the loser of their UFC 126 bout in this fight video from the UFC.

  • Interview  |  Forrest Griffin Talks With MMA Diehards report dead link

    In this video interview a couple weeks before UFC 126, Forrest Griffin talks about the injuries that have kept him out of action, but how he's ready to fight Rich Franklin and his preparation.

  • Interview  |  Forrest Griffin Video Interview Ahead of UFC 126 report dead link

    Forrest Griffin discusses how he and Rich Franklin match up in this video ahead of their fight at UFC 126.

  • Promo Video  |  Rich Franklin Promo Video Ahead of UFC 126 report dead link

    Rich Franklin talks about his preparation and what he expects to see against Forrest Griffin in this video.

Franklin vs. Griffin Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

Thought I would tweet a pic of my face so everybody could see the damage...no black eye???? http://yfrog.com/h4dg4ghj
2 days, 18 hours, and 47 minutes
Thanks to all my fans tweeting me & supporting me leading up to my fight
2 days, 14 hours, and 32 minutes
2 days, 14 hours, and 26 minutes
Contrary to popular belief my left arm is not broken :)
2 days, 14 hours, and 23 minutes
Im allergic to getting hit in the head it makes me unconscious
2 days, 1 hour, and 43 minutes
I man humped rich so much I have carpet burns on my knees. Now I know why tito tripods.... Haha
21 hours and 38 minutes
Big thank you to my sponsors @BSNFinishFirst @SLiMEnews @mmaelitebrand @SPRAWLshorts Support these guys!
4 hours and 21 minutes
Heading to @lavolasvegas - see u there http://plixi.com/p/75203119
4 hours and 7 minutes
My business partner jeff adler is at orchard lounge in mandalay now. First one to ask for a shirt gets it!
7 hours and 47 minutes
Backstage at weigh ins, setting up for the show tomorow. http://yfrog.com/h7ziqrsj
1 day, 4 hours, and 14 minutes
Want to thank my fans for their support. Watch the fight & pay special attention 2 my shirt. Have a surprise for you guys. @BSNFinishFirst
1 day, 6 hours, and 46 minutes
Viva elvis was an awesome show. So much going on you cant take it all in!
1 day, 21 hours, and 3 minutes
Im goin to "viva elvis" at aria for a lil R&R tonite!
1 day, 21 hours, and 26 minutes
Join me for my Official After Fight Party at LAVO following @ufc 126 @lavolasvegas http://plixi.com/p/74601952
2 days, 1 hour, and 30 minutes
it's still pretty cool to see your poster hanging in the casino! http://yfrog.com/h210llgj
3 days, 8 hours, and 1 minute
Also want to thank @BSNFinishFirst @SLiMEnews @SPRAWLshorts HAYABUSA & Cagefighter for their support! Show them your support
4 days, 1 hour, and 27 minutes
Please follow my longtime sponsor @SPRAWLshorts and visit their website www.sprawl.tv
4 days, 1 hour, and 40 minutes
Congrats brad on winning a tee shirt. http://yfrog.com/h3jwshj
4 days, 9 hours, and 16 minutes
If your in vegas this week stop by LVFight Shop to pick up my walkout tee. They have some cool things going on. follow them at lvfightshop
4 days, 9 hours, and 22 minutes
Congrats to biggmaco for winning a t shirt http://yfrog.com/gzmujcaj
5 days, 9 hours, and 1 minute
Our first juanitas foods contest winner http://yfrog.com/h3yjavaj thankx christy
6 days, 5 hours, and 34 minutes
To clarify on the Juanitas foods contest, the picture needs to be YOU w/ a Junaitas prdouct.
6 days, 6 hours, and 55 minutes
First 3 to send pic w/ a juanitas product gets a free tee shirt. tweet or email pic to americanfighter@fuse.net
6 days, 7 hours, and 29 minutes
want to thank Juanitas Foods for their contribution to keep it in the ring foundation.
6 days, 7 hours, and 31 minutes
in vegas all week so follow americanfighter on twitter as well to get updates on the week and contests we are running on both.
6 days, 7 hours, and 35 minutes
So it's not really beef at tacobell guess know we know what happened to that little yappy dog
1 week, 23 hours, and 7 minutes
RT @heidiseibert: @ForrestGriffin @ufc 125 Official After Fight Party at Lavo! http://plixi.com/p/72862127
1 week, 2 days, 7 hours, and 21 minutes
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