BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: (L-R) Opponents Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin face off after making weight during the UFC 147 weigh in at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drummond on June 22, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
In the main event at Wanderlei Silva in a 190-pound catchweight fight. That's how their first bout at UFC 99 went down as well, though that one was closer than this. The final scores were 49-46, 49-46, and 49-46., Rich Fraklin survived a major scare at the end of the second round to take a unanimous decision victory over
Franklin mainly controlled the fight with solid striking from the outside and not letting Silva get close enough to blitz him. The one time he did, Silva dropped him in the second round and nearly pounded him out, but Franklin managed to minimize the damage on the ground and made it to the end of the round. After recuperating for a minute, he went right back to what he was doing before and won the next three rounds.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Either Silva almost finishing Franklin, or the last thirty seconds where they both threw caution to the wind and just brawled. Franklin dropping Silva right at the final bell was crazy.
Where do these guys go from here?
Franklin said after the fight that he wants to make one more run at the UFC middleweight title before he retires. I don't know if that will be possible or not, but I'm excited to see him try. The future Hall of Famer is still an excellent fighter that can give anyone (except Anderson Silva) problems. A bout with Alan Belcher sounds like a good next fight for Franklin.
Silva fought valiantly but came up short. He still wants to fight opposing TUF Brazil coach Vitor Belfort next, but Dana White didn't see that happening. If that isn't the plan, I'd like to see Silva face the loser of the UFC 149 bout between Tim Boetsch and Hector Lombard.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. It was slow at times, but never boring. There are definitely worse ways to spend 25 minutes.