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Classic Fight: Rich Franklin Retires Chuck Liddell With a Broken Arm at UFC 115

(“If this isn’t a world where Mitt Romney is president, you can just put me back to sleep thank you very much.”) 

As we mentioned in our head to head assessment of this weekend’s UFC Macao main event matchup, Rich Franklin is one tough SOB. So tough, in fact, that he not only managed to fight through a broken arm in his UFC 115 match against Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, but even made sure to finish Liddell before the bell rung, for the fight could have likely been called in Liddell’s favor had both men made it to their corners.

So with the main card action kicking off at a completely reasonable 9 a.m. EST this Saturday, the UFC has released a couple of Franklin’s (as well as Le’s) fights online to give us all a little refresher course on what our two headliners have been up to. It’s a noble effort, but there’s simply no way in hell I will have recovered from my night of binge drinking, bum fighting, and huffing paint thinner through an old grease rag in time to catch any of the main card matchups live. They’re called priorities.

Anyway, head after the jump to take a stroll down memory lane, even though you probably remember the intricacies of this fight better than ol’ Chucky boy does.

The fight starts at the 10:20 mark, with a paunch-less Liddell throwing the arm-breaking kick shortly thereafter (11:26). At first, Franklin addresses the injury with less concern than most of us would address a hangnail with, but his moment of clarity comes the 12:14 mark, where he cleverly disguises an attempt to assess the damage with classic “checking my invisible watch” technique.

As for Liddell, he was truly in the zone that night, delivering a more diverse array of strikes and takedowns than we had seen in years, which makes it all the more disappointing when he gets overzealous with approximately 10 seconds left to go in the round and is promptly knocked the fuck out. The power of pink shorts, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a brutiful thing.

On the heels of his second unanimous decision victory over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147, Franklin will be looking to string together his first two fight win streak since 2008 with a win over Cung Le. Do you think he can pull it off?

-J. Jones

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Mr_Misanthropy- November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm
Oh, I see how it is. You take a couple guys to the land of shoddy socialized health care and they let it all hang out without a care in the world.
2DaDeath- November 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm
Don't be fresh.
2DaDeath- November 8, 2012 at 11:58 am
Cung Le will never be the same fighter he was in strikeforce after taking that beating from Wandy. Franklin>Wandy>Le. Franklin wins via math.
The Fresh One- November 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm
Cung Le will never be the same fighter he was in Strikeforce and it has nothing to do with the beating by Wand...
dipsetkilla316- November 8, 2012 at 11:45 am
Rich is the man i wish there was a 195 pound weight division for guys like rich rashad and maybe even cheal these guys are stuck in the middle between anderson and jones its just too much
The Fresh One- November 8, 2012 at 8:23 am
This was a good fight, would have been even better in 2005.
Fried Taco- November 8, 2012 at 7:41 am
Dang, I miss fights like this! Fighters are more boring nowadays. I wonder how Ace's arm will hold up when blocking a Cung Le kick, though!