Tuesday, November 30, 2021

UFC 99 Results: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva

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Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Round 1
A feel-out period unfolds through the first 90 seconds. The southpaw Franklin lands a left-hand lead and Silva counters wildly with both hands. Franklin backs up and exits clean. Franklin goes to Silva’s body with his left leg. Silva catches another Franklin kick and takes him to the floor. Silva begins to work from Franklin’s open guard. Silva tripods and lands some leather with his right. Franklin stands and Silva, now bleeding from his right eye, tries to pull guard with a guillotine. Franklin easily avoids it and advances to the mount. Silva escapes to his feet and throws wild haymakers to close the frame.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Franklin
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Franklin.
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Franklin.

Round 2
“I think I broke his nose,” says Franklin to trainer Matt Hume in between rounds. Silva looks to the body with a right kick to start round two. Silva lands a right hand counter as Franklin loses balance. A right jab knocks Silva down briefly as he had shaky legs following a kick attempt. Franklin is outpointing his foe from the outside with kicks to the body and his straight left. Silva is swinging for the fences and Franklin refuses to play that game. Just when it looked like Franklin was taking over, Silva scores a right hand that buckles Franklin’s legs. Silva pounces and roughs the former champion up with a flurry of punches. Both fighters are exhausted as Franklin clears his head and lands a right hand of his own at the end of the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Franklin
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Silva.
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Silva.

Round 3
The fighters touch gloves to start the final frame. Both men meet in the center of the Octagon to trade leather. Neither fighter lands clean. Franklin lands a kick to the body and a left hook that backs Silva up. Franklin smashes Silva with a kick to the body. Silva stands in the pocket and lands a clean right hand. Silva is now chasing the retreating Franklin around the cage with two minutes remaining. Silva is still looking for the knockout with every punch late into the fight. Franklin shows good footwork and lands his best jab of the fight. Silva waves his hands into the air for the crowd and attacks with both hands. Franklin senses danger and gets a tatakedown. Silva stands and Franklin takes his back while standing. Franklin punches the head while Silva throws backward elbows in rapid succession. Great end to a solid fight.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Franklin (30-27 Franklin).
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Silva (29-28 Silva).
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Silva (29-28 Silva).

Rich Franklin takes the unanimous decision. No scores are given.

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