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June 24, 2012 at 1:05 am ET

Rich Franklin said he didn’t think cage rust would be an issue after a 16-month layoff, and he proved to be right.

Instead, the issue was a resilient Wanderlei Silva, whom Franklin had to survive to win a unanimous decision on Saturday night in the pair’s rematch from Franklin’s win in the UFC 99 main event three years ago.

The 190-pound catch-weight fight took place at UFC 147 at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It served as the main event on the pay-per-view following prelims that aired on Facebook and FX.

Franklin won with across-the-board scores of 49-46 from all three judges, winning his first fight back since a UFC 126 loss to Forrest Griffin.

Franklin spent much of the five-round fight controlling the pace, pushing forward against Silva in Silva’s home country of Brazil. But just when Franklin appeared to have things under control, picking Silva apart, Silva clipped Franklin with a pair of fights in the second round. He then put together a combination that had Franklin backing up and hurt, followed by a right hand that had Franklin on his backside.

Silva moved in, looking for the finish as the crowd cheered. Silva, a heavy fan favorite, naturally, especially considering he was fighting in front of his home fans for the first time since 2000, tried desperately to get the finish. But Franklin survived the round – barely.

Franklin said he didn’t remember much of the fight after Silva nearly finished him – or at least the third and fourth round.

“Honestly, I remember in between the second round and the next thing I know it’s the fifth round,” Franklin said. “I kind of like those fights. I remember my corner saying, ‘It’s the fifth round,’ and I’m like, ‘Cool – only one left.’ I don’t remember (the punch that knocked me down). When that kind of stuff happens, you remember bits and pieces.”

After three rounds, the total strikes were dead even at 79-79 – but it was clear that Silva had slowed down a bit in the third and fourth, and much of the fifth.

With a minute left in the fight, Silva tried to goad Franklin forward into a last-minute brawl – and he was successful. But it proved to be too little, too late, even though he was able to land a few shots.

Silva said trying to finish Franklin in the second burned him out – and cost him as the fight pushed on.

“I thought I was going to knock him out in the second round, and I was sorry I wasn’t able to,” Silva said. “Yes, I (burned myself out). I pushed it a bit too much. I really wanted to knock him out.”

Though the fight was at a catch-weight of 190 pounds, it was intended to be Franklin’s return to middleweight – where he said he now wants to make one last run at the belt he used to hold before he calls it quits.

“There was so much on this fight for me,” Franklin said. “I’ll talk to Dana, but the idea was to move back down (to 185) and maybe make a title run before I retire.”

Franklin (29-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC) won for the first time since knocking out Chuck Liddell at UFC 115 two years ago. Silva (34-12-1 MMA, 4-7 UFC) couldn’t put together a streak after his stoppage win over Cung Le this past November.

from:  http://mmajunkie.com/news/29348/ufc-147-results-rich-franklin-vs-wanderlei-silva.mma

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Rich Franklin was born on October 5th, 1974 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Franklin

October 5th, 1974

10 + 5 +1+9+7+4 = 36 = his life lesson = Crushing the competition.  Hitting you like a ton of bricks.  Hitting with overwhelming force.

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June 12, 2010

With one crisp right hand, Rich Franklin may have driven the final nail into the storied career of UFC hall of famer Chuck Liddell. And he did so with only one good limb.

Having suffered an apparent broken arm while absorbing a kick, Franklin knocked out Liddell with a counterpunch 4:55 into round one in the UFC 115 “Liddell vs. Franklin” headliner on Saturday at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Perhaps the greatest light heavyweight in the history of the sport, the 40-year-old Liddell has lost three consecutive fights, all by knockout. He had not appeared inside the Octagon in 14 months and had already been urged to retire by longtime friend and UFC President Dana White.

Franklin tasted Liddell’s legendary power early, as he wobbled on the end of a right hand. However, he kept his nose in the fight. Near the end of the first round, Liddell backed the former middleweight champion against the cage, overcommitted on an overhand right and left himself wide open for the counter. Franklin sprang his trap beautifully and crumpled “The Iceman” with a tight right hook to the face. Subsequent punches followed but were not needed. Liddell was done, perhaps for good.

from:  http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/mma/news/story?id=5280147

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Rich Franklin was born on October 5th, 1974

October 5th

10 + 5 +2+0+0+9 = 26 = his personal year (from October 5th, 2009 to October 4th, 2010) = Popularity.  In the news.

26 year + 6 (June) = 32 = his personal month (from June 5th, 2010 to July 4th, 2010) = Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  Champion.  Mighty.  Glory.  Pride.  First place.  Number 1.  The greatest.  The best.  Boxing.  Pugilism.  Fists.  Punch.  Clobber.  Knockout.  Fight.  Battle.  Beat.  Smackdown.  Stomp.  

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Chuck Liddell was born on December 17th, 1969 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Liddell

December 17th

12 + 17 +2+0+0+9 = 40 = his personal year (from December 17th, 2009 to December 16th, 2010)

40 year + 5 (May) = 45 = his personal month (from May 17th, 2010 to June 16th, 2010) = Suffering in silence.  Feel sorry for.  Ouch.  That’s gotta hurt.

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