411’s UFC 147 Report 6.23.12
Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1 1NC 188lbs) vs. Rich Franklin (28-6 1NC 190lbs)
Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (4-2 184lbs) vs. Sergio “Serginho” Moraes (6-1 185lbs)
Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra (10-3 146lbs) vs. Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira (8-0 145lbs)
Mike Russow (15-1 1NC 248lbs) vs. Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1 246lbs)
Yuri Alcantara (227-3 146lbs) vs. Hacran Dias (20-1-1 146lbs)
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Rodrigo Damm (9-5 146lbs) vs. Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros (15-7 146lbs)
Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo (10-1 183lbs) vs. Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (23-6 185lbs)
John “Macapa” Teixeira (13-0 150lbs) vs. Hugo “Wolverine” Viana (5-0 145lbs)
Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra Texeira (5-0 182lbs) vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (8-1 184lbs)
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Marcos Vinicius “Vina” Borges Pancini (19-3 146lbs) vs. Wagner “Galeto” Campos (11-3 145lbs)
Felipe Arantes (14-4 2NC 146lbs) vs. Milton Vieira (13-7-1 146lbs)
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We are live from Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drumond, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil! Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan will have hosting duties tonight, so let’s get to it!
Featherweight bout: Felipe Arantes (14-4 2NC 146lbs) vs. Milton Vieira (13-7-1 146lbs)
ROUND ONE: Crowd is already nice a hot for the first prelim of the night. Both guys start cautiously, feeling each other out. Crowd seems a little restless already. They trade some kicks, but nothing solid. Vieira is landing better with punches, but again nothing terribly clean. Arantes now opening up with leg kicks. Arantes swings a big right but Vieira scores with a double leg into half guard. Vieira keeping close not giving Arantes any space. Vieira passes into side control, still keeping tight pressure to Arantes. Vieira looks for a choke, but Arantes rolls with him and gets back to full guard. Vieira with some good ground and pound, which lets him bass straight into side control again. Vieira into north south, the Arantes spins into guard again.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Vieira
ROUND TWO: Vieira opens with a couple of front kicks. Arantes with a flying knee that grazes Vieira. Vieira shoots, no where close to getting the takedown. Lead uppercut by Vieira. Arantes looking for a flying knee again, not as close this time. Arantes switching stances, lands an inside leg kick. Vieira shoots again, Arantes sprawls out of it. Good jab from Arantes who seems to be finding his rhythm. Vieira with a flurry, not the most effective though. Arantes landing some good leg kicks. Good jab again from Arantes. Big wheel kick from Vieira lands. He follows up and clinches against the cage. Arantes gets a takedown and uses it to stand up, returns to the ground for the end of the round with Arantes on top.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Arantes 19-19 Overall
ROUND THREE: Both guys tentative to start with, Arantes looking to land jabs and leg kicks. Both guys trading some jabs now. Arantes controlling the center of the cage, landing one or two shots. Another good leg kick from Arantes. Head kick from Arantes blocked, jumping switch kick lands. Vieira shoots, stuffed but both men are on the ground. Vieira gets to guard but Arantes is on top landing punches. Vieira sits up looking for a reversal. Vieira pulls full guard now. Vieira working a high guard, Arantes’ left arm is pinned to the mat. Ref stands them up, not sure about that one. Vieira throwing front kicks. Spinning back kick to the body from Arantes. Another wheel kick attempt from Vieira, this time misses. They end in the middle of the cage.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Arantes 29-28 Arantes Overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – DRAW (29-28 Vieira 29-28 Arantes and 28-28)
Not sure I agree with that, but there you have it.
Featherweight bout: Marcos Vinicius “Vina” Borges Pancini (19-4-1 146lbs) vs. Wagner “Galeto” Campos (11-3 145lbs)
ROUND ONE: Our first fight between two guys who fought on Brazilian TUF. Vinicius is three inches taller and has a two and a half inch reach advantage. Slower start as both guys have trained together and are looking for the timing. Vinicius with an outside leg kick to the southpaw Campos. Accidental low blow to Vinicius, but he shakes it off and we continue. Campos with a counter left. Inside leg kick and right hand by Vinicius. Big left hand again by Campos blocked. Inside leg kicks by Campos looking good. Crowd starts chanting. Vinicius moves in, they clinch against the cage and Campos gets a trip and lands in full guard. Campos looking for short elbows. He postures and passes to side control and then into full mount. Campos lands punches, Vinicius gives his back, Campos goes for a arm triangle, gives it up. Vinicius scrambles to his feet, Campos with another takedown into half guard. Vinicius recovers full guard, up kick once Campos stood to land a punch. Elbows from the bottom by Vinicius. Campos postures but eats a couple of up kicks before going back into guard. Round ends with an up kick from Vinicius.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Campos
ROUND TWO: Big kick missed by Vinicius early. Campos lands an inside leg kick. Guys trading some combos, nothing substantial lands. Vinicius goes for a flying knee but gets caught with a punch and is wobbled. Campos follows up with some hammerfists, Vinicius survives and gets full guard. Campos passes into half guard and then side control very quickly. Campos looking for a kimura, Vinicius recovers half guard. Campos passes into side control again. He locks up the position for the kimura, but Vinicius moves into full guard and Campos gives it up to pass to the other side. Campos in side control again, and again working for the kimura. Vinicius uses the cage to help recover full guard. Campos goes to pass again, they scramble for a moment and Campos in Vinicius’ half guard again. Vinicius with some strikes from the bottom, Campos stands and passes into side control, then half guard from Vinicius. Campos has some cuts on his face from Vinicius’ attacks from the bottom. Full guard for Vinicius. Campos on top but eats another up kick as the round ends.
SCORECARD 10-9 Campos 20-18 Campos Overall though this round could go to Vinicius for effective strikes from the bottom
ROUND THREE: Vinicius comes out southpaw to start the last round. Vinicius wings a head kick that misses. Front kick connects for Vinicius. A series of knees by Vinicius hurts Campos against the cage, Vinicius tees off against the cage, and Herb Dean stops it! Campos was on his feet when it was stopped but dropped immediately after. Good stoppage and impressive comeback for Vinicius.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Marcos Vinicius TKO 1:04 Round 3
Marcos gets an interview from Joe Rogan, this was a fun fight so hopefully it gets aired at some point.
Rogan and Goldberg introduce us to the Prelims trying to generate hype for the rematch between Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin. Good luck with that guys.
Middleweight bout: Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra Texeira (5-0 182lbs) vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (8-1 184lbs)
ROUND ONE: They touch gloves and we’re underway. Mafra is throwing much more than Perpetuo. Perpetuo looks much bigger than Mafra and is fighting more conservatively. Perpetuo clinches against the cage for a bit, they break and go back to swinging. Head kick by Perpetuo and he clinches again for a moment. Mafra seems to have the crowd behind him. Wild punches from both guys and Perpetuo clinches again for a few moments. Mafra counters a body kick with a one two combination. Perpeteuo clinches against the cage and lands a good knee to the body. Mafra fights to stay standing and they’re clinching against the cage. Mafra fights off the takedown and they end with Perpeteuo leaning on Mafra in the corner.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Mafra, close round though
ROUND TWO: They come out throwing again, Mafra is swinging harder though. Perpeteuo has some swelling under his right eye. Good left to the body by Perpeteuo. Perpeteuo lands a good left hook, and seems to be finding the openings. Mafra throwing but Perpeteuo clinches and goes for a takedown. Mafra goes for an amrbar during transition, it’s close by Perpeteuo escames and winds up on top in Mafra’s full guard. Mafra again goes for the armbar, Perpeteuo escapes again. Perpeteuo lands a big elbow from the top. Mafra is still trying for the armbar. Perpeteuo is landing good ground and pound from the top. Perpeteuo looks to pass, winds up in half guard. Perpeteuo still landing punches from the top position. Perpeteuo still landing some good strikes from the top. Mafra recovers full guard but Perpeteuo lands a big elbow from the top. Round ends with Perpeteuo on top.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Perpeteuo 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Mafra’s face is swelling up from the elbows. Perpeteuo throws a superman much. Big Right hand by Perpeteuo drops Mafra. He follows up with hammerfists against the fence and a few moments later Mario Yamasaki stops it!
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo TKO :41 Round 3
Featherweight bout:John “Macapa” Teixeira (13-0-1 150lbs) vs. Hugo “Wolverine” Viana (5-0 145lbs)
ROUND ONE: Teixeira came in overweight and was fined because medical officials wouldn’t let him cut any more weight. Viana sporting some Wolverine side burns. Teixeira is bigger than Viana, viana loks like he could fight at bantamweight. Both guys throwing combinations early. Big leg kick from Teixeira and a knee to the body. Viana using the left straight to the body effectively. Both guys still throwing combinations but nothing landing cleanly. Another series of punches and kicks from both guys, I think Teixeira is getting the better of them. Teixeira slips and Viana lands a couple of punches. They clinch and Teixeira lands a big knee to the body. Teixeira lands a good kick to the body. Viana with a switch kick to the body. Viana is landing nicely to the body. Big missed right hand from Teixeira and Viana gets his back standing and lands some nice punches. They clinch against the cage and Viana lands a good right hand. They clinch against the cage again and that’s how the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Viana, but just barely, could easily be a 10-10 round
ROUND TWO:Teixeira clinches immediately and pushes Viana against the cage. Teixeira lands a nic kneed to the body and Viana switchs to push Teixeira against the cage. They break and go back to circling. Teixeira clinches and gets a takedown against the cage. Viana lands some shots from the bottom and stands up pushing Teixeira against the cage. Teixeira lands a couple knees to the body before the ref breaks the clinch. Viana lands a good jab and a leg kick from Teixeira. They engage, Viana lands another good left to the body. Teixeira misses a head kick. Teixeira clips Viana with a punch and lands a big kick to the body. Both guys swinging, but Viana looks tired. They clinch again, Teixeira lands a knee to the body and the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Teixeira, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves to start the final round. Teixeira lands a leg kick. Viana with a lunching left hook, Teixeira with another leg kick. Left kick to the body by Teixeira, and a good leg kick. Viana’s jab is looking much sharper this round. Leg kick strays to the groin of Viana and Viana gets time to recover. Viana is good to continue and the ref restarts them. Viana with a left hook as Teixeira throws a front kick. Big head kick just misses from Teixeira. Viana lands a good leg kick. Body kick from Viana. They clinch against the cage and Teixeira shoots, gets his hands locked behind Viana. Viana manages to avoid getting taken down with good balance. Good left to the body by Viana. Teixeira lands a good jab and then clinches against the cage again. Teixeira looking for a takedown again and gets it. Tviana scrambles and gets back to his feet. Both guys swing for the last few seconds and the fight ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Teixeira, 29-28 Teixeira overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Hugo Viana by Split Decision (29-28×2 28-29)
That was a close fight, and while I thought Teixeira won I don’t think either guy can complain too much.
Middleweight bout: Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo (10-1 183lbs) vs. Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (23-6 185lbs)
ROUND ONE: Trinaldo comes out southpaw. Joe Rogan’s pointless phrase of the fight is “thickly muscled” describing Delson Heleno. Both guys circling and getting a feel early. Trinaldo catches Heleno with a punch as Heleno gets a clinch. Heleno fights for a takedown but Trinaldo manages to stay upright. Heleno pushes Trinaldo against the cage, still clinching. Trinaldo lands a couple of strikes on a brief break and lands a few good knees to the body. Heleno finally drags Trinaldo to his knees against the cage but Trinaldo again gets to his feet. Heleno throwing a few knees to the body. Heloeno finally gets something resembling a takedown, but Trinaldo gets in front headlock position and lands some punches and knees. Heleno again shoots, he just will not give Trinaldo any space but he can’t get him down. Trinaldo gets into headlock position again, now he lands some knees to the body. Heleno finally pulls half guard but Trinaldo keeps landing big shots. Some heavy hammerfists from Trinaldo and Herb Dean has seen enough as Heleno just covers up. As your representative of the first round finish club tonight I salute Trinaldo.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Francisco Trinaldo TKO 4:21 of Round One
Camera shows Vitor Belfort in attendance and he get’s booed heavily, guess the fans wanted to see him fight Wanderlei Silva.
Featherweight bout: Rodrigo Damm (9-5 146lbs) vs. Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros (15-7 146lbs)
ROUND ONE: Damm lands an outside leg kick, Medeiros returns inside but it goes a bit high. Damm doesn’t want time off and we keep going. Damm moves forward with a combination and lands a nice leg kick. Medeiros lands an outside leg kick. Medeiros goes for a switch kick but it lands low and Damm gets some time this time. Damm lands a counter left hook thet rocks Medeiros, Medeiros is down and Damm gets his back. Damm looking for the choke, with both hooks in. Medeiros doing a good job defending so far, Damm adjusts it under the chin and Medeiros taps.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Rodrigo Damm Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2:12 of Round One
Another first round finish, which is always good. That ends the F/X prelims with plenty of time for Dana and Joe to yell at us trying to hype the PPV.
They replay the Campos vs. Vinicius fight, and I still think Dana and Rogan can yell at us. If not I’m demanding a refund, who doesn’t love Dana and Joe yelling? Alright, there’s no Dana and Joe yelling at us to buy the PPV, I’m calling for a riot.
Featherweight bout: Yuri Alcantara (227-3 146lbs) vs. Hacran Dias (20-1-1 146lbs))
ROUND ONE: Didn’t get to see the entrances for these guys, so no word on who won the walkout music battle. Both guys start off slowly. Alcantara lands a knee and Dias pushes Alcantara against the fence and goes for a takedown. Alcantara landing some knees to the body and Dias uses a body lock to get Alcantara to the ground. Dias lands a few shots as Alcantara works to stand up. Dias working towards an arm triangle choke but the cage is preventing him really finishing it. Dias is in the mount now, but Alcantara recovers guard. Dias with a big elbow from the top. Alcantara goes to stand up but Dias picks him up and gets a slam away from the cage. Alcantara in full guard and Dias tries to land some shots. Apparently this fight is the 2000th in UFC history. Dias works to get Alcantara’s back. Alcantara switches to get Dias’ back and they’re both standing. Dias has a kimura while Alcantara has his back. They break and Alcantara lands a body kick to end the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dias
ROUND TWO: Both guys start slow again. Alcantara lands a body kick but Dias gets the clinch and trips Alcantara and winds up on top. Dias is on top with Alcantara against the cage and lands a couple of elbows. Alcantara turning his hips and goes for an armbar. He’s got it tight but Dias manages to stand up and slip out. Dias back into full guard and pushes Alcantara against the cage and lands some shots to the body and head. Dias postures up and passes to half guard, Alcantara has his back against the cage. Alcantara gets to his feet, but Dias keeps the body lock and throws alcantara back down and lands in half guard. Dias now landing elbows to the head, then punches. Alcantara recovers full guard but gets stood up. Dias with a front kick. Dias with an inside leg kick. Alcantara lands a couple of punches and a good left hand but the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dias, 20-18 Dias overall.
ROUND THREE: Dias comes out with some punches, but not much is landing flush. Alcantara looks for a body kick. Alcantara lands a good left, but not much going on. Dias with a good body kick. Alcantara wings an overhand left but it misses. Alcantara misses some punches and Dias clinches him against the cage. Dias secures another takedown against the cage and lands some punches. Alcantara gets back to his feet but Dias pulls his legs out from under him again and lands in full guard. Dias landing some ground and pound, but nothing powerful and the referee stands them up. Alcantara pushines forward with punches and reverses a takedown attempt and winds up on top of Dias. Alcantara lands some decent ground and pound as the fight ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dias, 30-27 Dias overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Hacran Dias Unanimous Decision (30-27×2 29-28)
Heavyweight bout: Mike Russow (15-1 1NC 248lbs) vs. Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1 246lbs))
ROUND ONE: Werdum takes the center of the octagon, Russow comes forward with lefts. Werdum tries a knee, but Russow avoids. Werdum landing punches and pushes Russow against the cage. Russown turns Werdum, then they separate. Werdum lands some punches, a good right hand. Werdum lands a nice leg kick. Werdum landing with his left hand. Werdum lands a big uppercut that drops Russow, then hammerfists as Russow drops to his belly and Herb Dean stops the fight! Werdum almost jumps over the cage he’s so happy.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Fabricio Werdum TKO (2:28 of Round One)
Werdum talks us through the finish, and gives props to the crowd for chanting his nickname and calls out Junior dos Santos. I still think JDS kills him in a rematch, but I’d pay to see it again.
Featherweight bout: Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra (10-3 146lbs) vs. Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira (8-0 145lbs))
ROUND ONE: Jason is very emotional just coming out. Jason comes out to “So far away” and Pepey comes out to “Down with the Sickness”, music round goes to Pepey. Crowd is amped, both guys start slowly, neither guy wants to make a big mistake early. Jason lands a right hand but Pepey gets a clinch against the cage and lands a knee on the break. Both guys swinging for the fences early. Pepey pushes forward and clinches Jason against the cage and pulls guard. Pepey looks for a kimura. Jason defending well. Pepey lets it go. Jason with some body punches from on top. Mark Goddard stands them up for inactivity. Nice leg kick from Jason. Jason with a big flying knee, but Pepey gets anold of him and pulls guard again. Jason lands some shots to the head from on top. Pepey with elboes from his back. The round ends with Jason on top.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Jason for strikes landed, could be 10-10 though
Round Two:Inside leg kick by Pepey to start the round. Pepey lands an outside leg kick and Jason tries to counter with a right hand. Pepey lands a left hand, and remains swinging wide and wild. Jason working the jab to the body, then misses a big right hand and Pepey clinches and pulls guard again. Jason passes to side control and then stands up, lands a couple leg kicks and lets Pepey up. Jason lands a big counter right and left. Another big left for Jason. Jason switches to south paw and lands a kick to the body. Pepey misses some wild punches. Pepey looks to spin but Jason steps in and lands to the body. Jason lands an overhand right. Lead left hook connects again for Jason, then he misses a wheel kick to end the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Jason, 20-18 Jason overall
ROUND THREE:Slow start, Pepey throws a head kick that’s blocked. Big right hand counter by Jason and Pepey wobbles and clinches against the cage, then breaks. Jason hits the body again with his left hand. Jason with a body kick. Jason lands a couple of hooks in an exchange. Both guys engage in a crazy exchange and Jason gets kicked low and takes his time. Jason recovers and we’re back. Jason goes for a knee that partially lands then gets clinched by Pepey. Pepey tries to pull guard but Jason gets out and lands some kicks as Pepey lays on his back before the ref stands Pepey up. Jason goes with a jab to the body. Pepey with an inside leg kick. Jason comes forward with strikes but gets tagged low again by a kick from Pepey. Jason is on his back trying to recover. Jason recovers and we’re back to the fight. Pepey tries a spinning back kick but misses. Jason throws another flying knee attempt and Pepey clinches and gets a body lock takedown as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Jason, 30-27 Jason overall.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Rani “Jason” Mariano by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Middleweight bout: Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (4-2 184lbs) vs. Sergio “Serginho” Moraes (6-1 185lbs))
ROUND ONE:Ferreira comes out southpaw. Both guys taking their time to start with. Moraes wings a right hand and apparently gets poked in the eye. Ferreira lands a spinning left kick and Moraes lands a counter right but Ferreira escapes before Moraes gets a hold of him. Ferreira landing some good shots ans Moraes returns with wild punches. Good body kick from Moraes, and an inside leg kick. Ferreira lands a straight left and an uppercut, then pushes away when Moraes tries to clinch. Moraes lands a good right hand, but he’s not a technical striker. Ferreira tries a front kick but it goes low and Moraes takes time. He recovers and we’re back to the fight. Ferreira throws a head kick that’s mostly blocked then Moraes lands some good punches in a clinch that gets Ferreira to back off. Another high kick from Ferreira to end the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferreira, could easily be 10-10 though
ROUND TWO:They touch gloves to start the second. Ferreira lands a a straight left then clinches. Moraes tries to pull guard but slides off. They exchange, and Moraes slips. Ferreira lands some shots as Moraes tries to get up. Ferreira lands a big wheel kick that drops Moraes! Ferreira tries to finish, but when he goes to the ground Moraes looks for an armbar, then a heel hook before Ferreira steps back and makes Moraes stand up. Moraes shoot for a single but Ferreira stuffs it. Ferreira throws a straight left then treis a knee. Moraes tries to fire up the crowd and is met with boos. Ferreira landing a straight left almost at will. Ferreira looks to set up another wheel kick but thinks better of it. Moraes pushing forward but can’t get Ferreira against the fence. Good body kick from Ferreira. Moraes lands a big elbow and wobbles Ferreira! Moraes swarms him with punches, but Ferreira somehow survives and lands some punches to back off Moraes. The round ends with them circling.
SCORECARD: 10-10, 20-19 Ferreira overall
ROUND THREE: They hug to start the third. Body kick from Ferreira and Moraes drops down and lands an upkick. Herb Dean makes Moraes stand up. Ferreira misses another high kick. Moraes lands a good knee. Both guys hesitant here in the third. Moraes lands a good right. Neither guy is doing too much so far. Still not much happening, Ferreira seems a little gun shy after getting hurt at the end of the last round. Moraes hits him again with the right elbow. Ferreira lands a big straight left that drops Moraes. Moraes on his back. The round ends with them circling. Inactive third round, we could have a fourth.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferreira, 30-28 Ferreira overall
No fourth round, we have a winner.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Cezar Ferreira by Unanimous Decision (29-28 30-27×2)
Main Event time, hopefully Silva and Franklin can save a really lackluster card.
Catchweight of 190lbs. bout: Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1 1NC 188lbs) vs. Rich Franklin (28-6 1NC 190lbs))
ROUND ONE: As many have noted Franklin’s new hair style is strikingly reminiscent of Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. Touch of the gloves to start. Both guys starting cautiously. Inside leg kick from Silva. Right hand by Silva counters a body kick from Franklin. Inside leg kick from Franklin. They trade some shots against the cage. Franklin again with the inside leg kick and the right jab. Silva thros a high kick, caught by Franklin who lands a couple of punches. Franklin clips Silva with a left, then a straight left. Silva’s back is against the cage and Franklin lands a couple of combinations. Franklin lands a left kick to the body. Franklin lands a straight left to the body, Silva lands a head kick. Silva tries the head kick again, this time blocked by Franklin. They exchange against the cage. Both guys seem to be be pacing themselves as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Franklin
ROUND TWO: Silva lands a left hook to start things off. Franklin checks a low kick from Silva and Silva looks to have hurt his foot. Silva with a front kick. Franklin with a flurry, ends with a body kick. Franklin lands a good combination when Silva’s back is to the cage. Silva with a straight right. Silva throws another high kick, then eats a jab from Franklin. Franklin lands a left to the body. Silva lands a couple of hooks. Silva is bleeding over his left eye, Silva catches Franklin with a right hand, then a knee from the clinch. Silva lands a huge right hand! Franklin is down and Silva is looking to finish him on the ground. Franklin survives and grabs a single. Silva is relentless with punches from the back and top. The bell’s gonna save Franklin and Silva ends the round on top landing hammerfists.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Silva, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Slow start again, Silva lands a jab. Franklin looking to land a straight left, then throws a high kick. Franklin lands a left to the body. Silva throws a headkick. Franklin landing his jab. Franklin lands another body kick, it seems Silva let Franklin recover. Body kick and jabs by Franklin. Franklin throws a head kick, but Silva ducks under it. Another body kick from franklin. Straight left and right by Franklin. Silva is really taking his time here. Straight left from Franklin. Franklin gets a body lock and takes Silva down into half guard. Franklin lands some elbows. Franklin ends the round on top throwing shots to Silva.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Franklin, 29-28 Franklin overall
ROUND Four:Touch of the gloves to start round four. Silva moves forward and throws a combination. Silva lands a good right hand. Franklin with a straight left. Silva throws a head kick that mises. Big left to the body by Franklin. Franklin lands a straight left again. Good right hook by Franklin. Silva still not doing too much. Silva with a good right hand. It seems like Silva gassed himself with the flurry at the end of the second. Silva lands a low kick that strays into Franklin’s groin. Franklin takes time, and the replay shows it landed hard. Franklin takes a minute, but recovers and we’re back to fighting. Franklin landing combinations and moving around. Silva lands a good right hand on a Franklin kick. Franklin pushing forward with punches. Round ends with a quick flurry from Silva.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Franklin, 39-37 Franklin overall
ROUND FIVE:Quick hug to start the last round. Silva just misses a big right. Silva throws a headkcik that’s blocked by Franklin. Franklin lands a good straight left to the body. Silva lands a left hook. Silva is swining for the fences. Franklin landing his jab very effectively. Big left by Franklin, his combinations are eating up Silva. Silva lands a good right. Silva throws a front kick that misses. Franklin moving very well tonight. Silva runs forward and throws a big right. Silva is looking sprint to the finish. Silva pushing forward, but he’s following Franklin instead of cutting off the cage. Franklin’s going to coast to a victory here. They both trade wild blows until the horn sounds.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Silva, 48-47 Franklin overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Rich Franklin, Unanimous Decision (49-46×3)
Joe interviews Rich, who learned a little Portuguese to suck up to the crowd. Franklin says he didn’t remember anything from the flurry in the second until the start of the fifth.
Joe with Wanderlei now who thanks the crowd for showing up. Silva apologizes for not stopping Franklin in the second and says the flurry tired him out. He also thanks the crowd because he fights for them. Rogan and Goldberg wrap things up. Well that wasn’t a great card, there’s the Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen rematch to look forward too.
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