Chuck Liddell vs Rich Franklin LIVE Play-by-Play Commentary

UFC Hall of Famer and one of the best Light Heavyweights of all time Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will get a last chance to revive his career against the former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin, at the main event of UFC 115 in Vancouver. Both Liddell and Franklin were knocked out in their last fights (Franklin to Belfort, and Liddell to Rua), and will look to prove that they still can stand-and-bang.

Liddell is on a tragically unimpressive 1-4 streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as three (of his four) losses came by the way of knockout. As for Rich Franklin, Jim Carey look-a-like is 3-2 in his last five fights, defeating Wanderlei Silva, Matt Hamill and Travis Lutter, and losing to Dan Henderson (Split Decision) and Vitor Belfort (TKO).  Franklin is five years younger than his opponent, with 32 professional MMA fights on his record, four more than Chuck Liddell.

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The winner of that fight will square off against another former UFC Champion, Forrest Griffin, in a fight that could open the gates for the shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title. On LowPick Rich Franklin is a slight favorite, leading with 51% percent of the votes, but 85% percent of Chuck Liddell’s voters believe that the fight will end by a knockout.

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Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell
via KO (Punch) Round 1 4:55
Round 1: The fight goes underway, with Chuck Liddell controling the Octagon. Rich Franklin is the early counter puncher here, but is the one who does the first damage wil legkicks and a few punches.Headkick by Chuck Liddell… first serious attempt from The Iceman. Chuck Liddell is very open in his classic stance, but manages to achieve a takedown against Rich Franklin. Chuck Liddell is bloodied right above his left eyebrow, as the fighters return to stand-up again. Chuck Liddell is the more dangerous fighter here, as Rich Franklin still struggles to find his range. Powerful right hook from Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin is dropped! Ace responds with some punches of his own, but Chuck Liddell lands another powerful right. Franklin manages to survive, staying calm. Chuck Liddell is pushing forward, attacking with elbows and punches…. but out of nowhere a right hand from Rich Franklin shuts the lights out on Chuck Liddell! Another knockout loss for the Iceman! Liddell was in early control, but his chin betrayed him again. Wonderful, patient performance from Rich Franklin.