Rich franklin Wins Against Wanderlei Silva In First German Match

June 14th, 2009 - 9:02 pm ICT by GD  

Rich Franklin was declared the winner of his match against Wanerlei Silva at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 99, which debuted in Germany on Saturday. Both fighters were evenly matched at 194 pounds. The first round was started tentatively but things quickly got interesting after Silva’s headkick missed Franklin. He, however, skillfully intercepted Franklin’s kick and floored him by tripping his other foot. The second round was clearly Franklin’s to control with a powerful straight left kick. The third round was fought in the offensive by both fighters, but the attacks were evenly matched. As Silva tired, Franklin’s precise striking started to get the better of him. Franklin was cornered at the fence in the final seconds, but Silva fell because of mistiming.

Franklin, once a maths teacher, is also a former UFC middleweight champion. He seems to have recovered well from a split-decision loss to Dan Henderson in January. After two losses against present middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Franklin’s only chance at a title was the light-heavyweight crown.

“After my last fight in Dublin, it was a disappointment going to a decision,” Franklin said. “I didn’t want to go to a decision again, but Wanderlei’s way too strong of a fighter.”

Silva (32-10-1), also known as the axe-murderer, used to hold the Pride title and was counted to be one of MMA’s fiercest fighters for most of the past decade He seems to be finally slowing down at his fifth loss in his last six fights. But his nonchalant attitude after the fight says that he might have some life left in him yet, since for Wanderlei, “the result wasn’t important”.

“Cutting weight wasn’t a problem. I’m gonna stick at 205 and put on some exciting fights.” said Franklin after the fight.

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