UFC 115: Rich Franklin With Broken Arm Knocks Out Chuck Liddell…(REAL FIGHT VIDEO)
Could Chuck Liddell come back and deny his 40 years, prove that his punch resistance was not as vulnerable as many critics and fans had thought, and could he begin a campaign to re-unite himself with the UFC light-heavyweight title ? The answer was an emphatic ‘NO’ in Vancouver, where the Ultimate Fighting Championship made its debut with version 115.
Liddell’s career is over. Or at least should be. Huge eulogies to his career, demeanour and the fact that he has become MMA’s first genuine superstar in and out of the sport, would be fitting. But his fighting days now need an elegy. Successive KOs to Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua, and now Rich Franklin prove that the once iron-clad chin can take the 40z mitts no more. Five losses in his last six fights, since he was beaten by Quinton Rampage Jackson in 2007.
There were no words from the big man after the main event. He went off to hospital for a check up. “I don’t have one sad feeling in my body,” said UFC President Dana White, one of Liddell’s closest friends, and his erstwhile manager. “He wanted this and he gave it his best shot. He went out like Chuck Liddell would. He was blasting and throwing bombs and he gave the fans a last, good fight with the Iceman.”
Four minutes 55 seconds of the first round was what it took for Franklin, under huge pressure against the Octagon wall, his left forearm broken, to poleaxe Liddell with a short, chopping right hand onto the chin. Liddell was out before he was supine on the canvas, his head bouncing backwards as he was hit, his legs folding under him from the knee. It was like his legs were being packaged up to be sent by FEDEX.
On the offensive, Liddell had looked good, just as he did physically. Indeed, he looked in wonderful shape. He and Franklin exchanged kicks, strikes, and one right-legged kick from Liddell broke a bone in Franklin’s arm as he blocked it. The moment Liddell landed Franklin shook out his arm, feeling the looseness of the bone. Liddell naile Franklin a few times in the opening exchanges, but it was not to be. It was the former light-heavyweight champion’s first fight in 420 days. It was the 23rd fight in the UFC for Liddell, up against a man five years younger. Franklin moved to 28 wins 5 losses, the former UFC middleweight champion likely to stay at 205lbs.
“The plan was not to stand in front of him, and not get hit, and get the lead left arm going,” explained former Maths teacher Franklin afterwards, his left arm cupped into his side.
Several hours after the fight, Liddell had still not made a statement that he would retire. It is unlikely. It really does look as if the fighter, once one of the most dangerous strikers on the planet, may have to call time on his career, in his 41st year.
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