Forrest Griffin used his superior size to control former middle weight Rich Franklin and took a unanimous 29-28 decision at UFC 128.
Rich Franklin broke his left arm blocking a Griffin kick.
The two former champions touched gloves to start the fight. Griffin caught a kick and took Franklin down. Franklin got guard but Forrest landed strikes from the top. Griffin mixed up punches and elbows but Franklin fought to stifle Griffin's arms. Griffin finally got extension and landed some big punches from the top. Griffin utterly dominated the first round.
They traded early in the second until Griffin took his back standing and drove Franklin to the mat. Griffin threatened to sink both hooks in and take Franklin's back on the ground and Franklin stoop up. Griffin took him down again and Franklin got back up. Griffin then staggered Franklin with a hook.Franklin fought back and landed a lead right hand. Griffin ate a left as the announcers speculated that Franklin might have an injured left arm. Franklin ended the round landing punches.
Franklin's corner told him he had won the second round, questionable advice as Franklin was likely down two rounds at that point.
They traded until Griffin shot in and got stuffed about 30 seconds in. Franklin tried for a take down and Griffin reversed with a whizzer but Franklin fought back up. Franklin caught Griffin circling into a right hook. Then they traded evenly. Franklin landed a sharp left. Griffin shot in, fought off a guillotine chokes and landed shots from the top. Franklin reversed and took Griffin down. Griffin fought back to his feet and took Franklin down. Then a scramble freed Franklin and they went back to their fight. Griffin landed a straight kick to end the fight.