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Rich Franklin is a Little Banged Up

(‘Whoa, guys, I just had the worst dream.  Dan Henderson poked me in the eye and head-butted me and I lost the decision anyway and then…why are you all looking at me like that?  Where am I?  And why do I suddenly have no depth perception?’)

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets poked in the eye.  Word from Rich Franklin’s official website is that he will not need Anthony Johnson-esque surgery to repair the eye that Dan Henderson got knuckle-deep into, which is always good news. 

In addition to the eye-poke injury, Franklin also needed stitches in his head on account of the Hendo head-butt that opened up a nasty cut on his forehead, as well as stitches on his shin to close a cut resulting from one of his many kicks in the fight.  Basically, it was a rough night.  At least he had his special pink travel pillow to comfort him on the long journey home.

More pics of the damage “Ace” suffered are after the jump.  Take a look at those and then ask yourself anew, ‘Do you want to be a f*cking fighter?!’


  1. Anonymous Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:24

    poor rich. that decision could of gone either way too.. I think that fight solidifies Rich has a legit 205er. That fight could of gone for Franklin just as the Hendo/Rampage fight could of gone for Hendo. I think Rich is good enough to give anyone at 205 a fit unless mr. silva decides to move up...
  2. JIMMA Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:25

    That eye looks gnarly man
  3. Juan Blanco Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:31

    Who farted on Rich's pillow??
  4. MMA Wannabe Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:32

    That eye looks... nasty.
  5. Lone Wolf Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:35

    That's almost as bad as as the mushroom print that is permanently engraved in my ex's eye..... -but really Rich is def still a contender, until Silva decides he's tired of destroying people at 185 and wants the belt at 205...(wouldn't that be amazing?)
  6. mayhem420 Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:36

    After waiting years to see this fight Rich gets poked in the eye and it ends in a SD. I thought that Rich took the fight IMO. Dan had the first, the 2nd was a toss up and Rich took the 3rd. Either way it was a good fight and should have been co-fight of the night over Coleman/Rua. Now Dan will move back down to MW... beat Bisping and then will get beat again by Anderson. Rich should go onto fight maybe Forrest or the winner of Liddel/Rua.
  7. cpanger Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:38

    Ok, pink shorts i can deal with, but a pink neck pillow, really Rich?
  8. tusker Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:41

    franklin is the shit.
  9. bold Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:41

    so which eye do i look at when im talking to him
  10. shizznitt Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:44

    I'm more worried about his hairline.
  11. Old, Bald and Irish Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:48

    ‘Do you want to be a f*cking fighter?!’ Not anymore.
  12. WUWU Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:48

    That's what happens when you run into that serious man-chin Hendo is sporting
  13. Vincent Dooly Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:52

    I agree with you Mayhem420. Rich is an excellent match for Forrest or the winner of Liddel/Rua. I'd also like to see him fight Wandy.
  14. TH3SH3PH3RD Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 10:52

    Poor Rich, here goes another 6-8 month black eye. Remember the first one he got from Anderson Silva.
  15. j spice Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:07

    to answer your question yes i do want to be a fucking fighter no i dont want to fight dan henerson and his wandering fingers.
  16. lilpo0ts Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:10

    so does anyone feel the poke was intentional. i really didnt get a good look at the replay, but i saw the intial. i dont understand a hand being open like that. too far to clinch, and who jabs with an open hand? even my girlfriend said that it looked odd and shes only been watching fights for about a year or so
  17. Anonymous Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:12

    hahahahaha thats some gnarly ass pink eye, i was thinkin the same thing
  18. Contraband Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:14

    Rich Franklin "pictured above with his sticking out jenna jamesons vagina with a tampon stuck in his lost a very close decsion to dan henderson on saturday night in Dublin" More pics after the jump I want to be a cage potato reporter
  19. Anonymous Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:27

    In the words of my illustrious uncle SUCK IT UP PRINCESS!

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:27

    Damn... I'm too pretty to be a fighter. I'm quitting the gym right now... Wait... Chicks dig fighters. Damn, looks like I'm back in!
  21. nerd alert Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:28

    hendos gonna be pissed when he wakes up with pink eye too
  22. mmaster Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 11:44

    looks like Kirby is attacking Rich's neck...way to go, Kirby. Kick a man when he's down.
  23. Clozer Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 12:43

    Wow, I'm not sure what fight some people were watching, but Hendo clearly won that fight. He dominated the first, won the second, and lost the 3rd. The Judge that scored the fight 30-27 Franklin was on crack and Franklin's nuts at the same time. The eye poke was unitentional. If you pay attention to that hand, he paws at Franklins hand the entire time with an open hand. Pure accident. Plus the head butt was Rich coming in? I like Franklin, it just wasn't his night.
  24. Remsaa Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 01:40

    Its kinda funny, if you move your head side to side it looks like his good eye follows you! But wow the other eye looks nasty, kinda reminds me of that time when Madonna flashed me outside of Club Pure
  25. Anonymous Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 01:57

    Rich is an awesome fighter, better than most in the MW division and better than a lot at LHW. My issue with him though, is that he doesn't know when to pull the trigger and throw power shots. It's almost as though he's too nice of a guy in the nice as a guy can get that's punching and kicking you. Look at the Lutter, Hammill, and Hendo fights. All 3 fights he had his opponents in trouble, but would not put enough power behind his shots to finish is opponents. Case in point...the headkick to Lutter....for a headkick to just wobble your already exhausted/gassed opponent, you can't possibly be throwing enough behind it. There's plenty of other examples in those 3 fights too. Anyways, /endrant.
  26. Surfin Dave Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 02:19

    Nice hemorrhoids pillow. Apparently he took an ass-reaming too.
  27. Anderson Silva Sucks Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 03:05

    As a long time Franklin fan I can say he had a bad night. He was off his game. The fight could have gone to Rich. Don't get me wrong Hendo is a great fighter too. Rich will heal up and kick ass again. Maybe his next fight should be against Forrest or maybe drop to 185 and fight Kang. Just a thought.
  28. Alen Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 07:15

    Oh my goodness take these down before Bob Reilly sees them
  29. Anonymous Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 08:16

    Only a few dudes can get away with carrying a fluffy pink man-head pillow, and Rich is one of them. Rich should sport a pink pirate eye patch too. Arrrrrr! My eyeeee!
  30. Bovice Says:

    Tue, 01/20/09 - 09:18

    Nice to see Rich Franklin changing it up, his eye is straight swollen shut instead of just black
  31. Da Truth Says:

    Wed, 01/21/09 - 06:50

    Real Men Wear Pink, Silva, Ace and Fedor all Love the Pink. Tonights Knockout of the Night is bought to You by '2 in the Pink..One in the Stink' P.S Ace was winning that fight untill his cornerman told him "One More Round and Youre Coaching TUF again!" and he gave up.
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