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UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson

UFC 93
  • Saturday 01.17.2009
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: 02 Arena
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,300,000
  • Attendance: 9,369
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 350,000 | TV Ratings:
  • MMA Bouts: 10
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Fight Card

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Fight of the Night
    Maurício Rua vs. Mark Coleman II   |   $40,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Submission of the Night
    Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang   |   $40,000 bonus to Belcher
  • Fight of the Night
    Chris Lytle vs. Marcus Davis   |   $40,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Knockout of the Night
    Dennis Siver vs. Nate Mohr   |   $40,000 bonus to Siver
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  • Dan Miragliotta
    Henderson vs. Franklin (10)Belcher vs. Kang (7)Schafer vs. Mendes (3)
  • Kevin Mulhall
    Rua vs. Coleman II (9)Kampmann vs. Barros (4)Siver vs. Mohr (1)
  • Leon Roberts
    Palhares vs. Horn (8)Drwal vs. Serati (2)
  • Marc Goddard
    Lytle vs. Davis (6)Hathaway vs. Egan (5)

UFC 93 Wiki Update Wiki

After a successful light heavyweight return to form against Matt Hamill in September of 2008, former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin took a step up in competition by fighting Dan Henderson at 205lbs. in the main event of UFC 93, which was the first UFC event of 2009. In a razor-close decision that is disputed to this day, Henderson defeated Franklin and earned himself a coaching spot opposite the U.K.’s Michael Bisping on TUF 9.

In the co-main event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua got back into the win column by avenging his loss to Mark Coleman with a third-round TKO that featured both men heavily winded.

The main event between Franklin and Henderson drew some controversy, as Henderson not only accidentally head butted Franklin during the fight, but also gouged his eye, which required surgery, in the third and final round.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:54 PM ET
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