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Rich Franklin vs. Lyoto Machida

Main Card | Heavyweight

Lyoto Machida defeats Rich Franklin via KO/TKO at 1:03 of Round 2

Mmaweekly large Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida
Mmaweekly large Rich "Ace" Franklin

Round 2

Lyoto Machida Rich Franklin

"The Dragon" "Ace"

2-0-0   Pro Record At Fight   14-0-0
Climbed to 3-0   Record After Fight   Fell to 14-1
Br Brazil   Nationality   Us United States
Los Angeles, California   Fighting out of   Cincinnati, Ohio
25 years, 7 months, 1 day   Age at Fight   29 years, 2 months, 5 days
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
74.0" (188cm)   Reach   76.0" (193cm)
Black House MMA   Gym   Team Extreme
Inoki Genome Federation
  • Bout Information
  • Date: Wednesday 12.31.2003
  • Referee: N/A
  • Venue: Kobe Wing Stadium
  • Enclosure:
  • Location: Kobe, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Card
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary:
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: N/A
  • Franklin Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Machida Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed

Franklin vs. Machida Wiki Update Wiki

Lyoto Machida vs. Rich Franklin matched two undefeated fighters against one another at a time when both were relative unknowns in the sport. As the years passed and the reputations of both fighters grew, the bout received renewed focus and attention. Franklin was dealt the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts career in definitive fashion when he was outstruck and eventually knocked out by Machida, an unheralded Karate master from Brazil. It would not be until Machida seized the UFC Light Heavyweight Crown with a knockout win over Rashad Evans that Karate received its measure of acceptance as an effective fighting system for MMA.

This bout was fought at heavyweight under MMA's modern day Unified Rules of Combat, as both combatants weighed in at 214 lbs. Machida would spend the majority of his career at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.), while Franklin would alternate between 185 lbs. and 205 lbs. with occasional UFC catchweight bouts at 195 lbs. Lyoto Machida's knockout of Franklin was one of the important early steps in building his MMA legacy.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:41 PM ET
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    The full Lyoto Machida vs. Rich Franklin fight video including Machida's KO of Franklin from Inoki Bom Ba Ye 2003.

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