(Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s UFC 115 Fight Night Photos gallery.)
Chuck Liddell may have lost his ability to take a punch, but he still had enough offensive firepower at UFC 115 to break Rich Franklin‘s arm with the first body kick he threw. Following their meeting on Saturday night, Ace confirmed that he broke his left ulna during the fight, and would be in a cast for at least eight weeks. As the former UFC middleweight champ told reporters at the post-fight press conference:
"I definitely wasn’t going to quit — I’ve broken bones before and continued fighting — but there was part of me that was wondering what kind of strategy I was going to use to win the fight with a broken left arm in the second and third rounds."
…proving once again that knocking your opponent out early is always the best gameplan. (Are you listening, Pat?) Liddell woke up from his knockout with a horribly split lip and a gash over his left eye, but that didn’t stop him from making an appearance at his afterparty. A photographic timeline of Chuck’s night continues after the jump.
– Besides his fanboy-like love of the Croatian legend, there’s a reason Pat Barry looked increasingly ineffective in the second and third rounds of fight against Mirko Filipovic on Saturday. As he tweeted after the match:
"Broke hand in first Broke something in foot in first or second…it sucks to say, but I pannicked last night after I knew my hand and foot were done. I burned out trying to end it with power hits."
Photos of Barry lookin’ mad handicapped are below. As for the allegedly broken-jaw that Cro Cop seemed to have suffered in the first round? According to this horribly-translated interview, it’s just some "ham" under the eye. Also, he might be retiring from MMA. Though to be fair, Cro Cop announces his retirement after every fight.