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Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin

Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs

Mmaweekly large Rich "Ace" Franklin
Mmaweekly large Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell

Round 1

Rich Franklin Chuck Liddell

"Ace" "The Iceman"

27-5-0   Pro Record At Fight   21-7-0
Climbed to 28-5   Record After Fight   Fell to 21-8
+110 (Near Even)   Betting Odds   -120 (Near Even)
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
Cincinnati, Ohio   Fighting out of   San Luis Obispo, California
35 years, 8 months   Age at Fight   40 years, 5 months, 5 days
205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'2" (188cm)
76.0" (193cm)   Reach   76.5" (194cm)
AC/DC - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)   Walkout Music   Eminem feat.Pink - Won't Back Down
Team Extreme   Gym   The Pit
UFC 115
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin
  • Date: Saturday 06.12.2010 at 11:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: General Motors Place
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 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
  • Liddell Total Disclosed Pay: $500,000
  • Franklin Total Disclosed Pay: $225,000
  • Event Links:

Liddell vs. Franklin Wiki Update Wiki

When MMA fans look back on the first decade of the new millenium, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will hold a special place of prominence. As one of the longest-reigning Light Heavyweight Champions in Ultimate Fighting Championship history, Liddell became the first true crossover MMA superstar during his reign from 2005-2006. Rich Franklin, while not on the same level of stardom as Liddell, also holds a place of prominence at his more natural weight class of 185 lbs., as a former champion with an enviable hit list of top-ranked fighters.

When the two legends met in the main event of UFC 115 in 2010, both fighters were at a crossroads. Franklin was looking to ply new waters at 205 lbs. following the loss of his title to Anderson Silva at middleweight. Liddell, on the other hand, had been on a downward athletic spiral since a knockout loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in 2007.

Heading into the fight, speculation ran rampant about how Liddell would look in his first trip to the Octagon in over a year. Pictures leaked online in the weeks leading up to the fight showed a cut and shredded Liddell, one that finally looked to be taking his training as seriously as his legacy in the sport. With both fighters primarily knockout artists, this one was sure to be a slugfest.

For almost the entire first round, Liddell looked better than he had in years. Mixing sharp, accurate striking with brutal takedowns, he continuously pressed the action on Franklin while keeping himself out of danger. In the middle of the opening round, it was later revealed, Liddell broke Franklin’s left forearm, severely limiting his offensive ability (Franklin is a Southpaw).

Under the circumstances, Liddell would have perhaps worn Franklin down and defeated him had he escaped the first round. But “The Iceman” recklessly charged in during the final ten seconds of the round, mistakenly believing Franklin to be on shaky legs. Franklin responded by catching Liddell flush on the chin and knocking him out cold with a short right hand. Liddell lay splayed out on the canvas, his upper lip split in two from the impact.

It was bittersweet for Franklin, and fans watching around the world, to see “The Iceman” knocked out for the fourth time in six fights. As it stands, however, this short, magnificent brawl between two of the legends of the sport will go down as one of the greatest knockouts, as well as one of the greatest fights, in the division’s history.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:40 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  Rich Franklin UFC 115 pre-fight interview video report dead link

    Watch the pre-fight video interview with Rich Franklin for his UFC 115 fight versus Chuck Liddell.

  • Interview  |  Rich Franklin UFC 115 post-fight press conference report dead link

    Rich Franklin says he is uncomfortable with thought of ending Chuck Liddell's career at UFC 115 post-fight press conference.

Liddell vs. Franklin 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.

My cast will stay on for the nxt 3 wks. We will tak new x-rays then. Looks like the bone will heal wo surg.
2 days
New video & pics r postd on my website...some pretty cool stuff, check it out. Www.richfranklin.com
2 days
I broke my ulna n my forearm. I find out today if i need surg today. Either way im casted at least 8 wks
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