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UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin - Live Results and Commentary


As with every major show, will be here to bring you live results and commentary for UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin.  The live blog will start with the beginning of the Spike broadcast (at 9PM ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event. 

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Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman - Round 1 - Danzig looking crisp with his punch combinations early.  In an exchange they slip and go to the ground with Wiman on bottom and Danzig landing punches.  Wiman with a very deep guillotine off the bottom and he uses it to roll to mount.  The choke is really deep and Yves jumps in to stop the fight.  Wiman said "I think he's out" and the ref jumped in.  Danzig is very clearly not out and that is a horrible call by the ref.  Matt Wiman wins by technical submission (guillotine choke), round 1.

Tyson Griffin vs. Evan Dunham - Round 1- Feeling out process early with them straight punches.  Dunham looking for a single leg and Griffin hops backward on one leg landing punches.  Griffin landing a hard right hand now.  Dunham is having trouble with the striking of Griffin who has been able to get in and out and land seemingly at will.  Nice combination by Dunham and now a push kick to the side of the head.  Dunham is starting to find his range.  Dunham with a takedown and he takes the back.  Dunham gets the hooks in and starts landing punches.  Griffin does a nice job of defending the choke and the round comes to an end.  Close round but Dunham took it over in the second half.  Round 2- Dunham with the double leg and Griffin jumps guard to attempt to lock up a guillotine.  Dunham working his head out and he's safe.  Dunham looks for a d'arce choke but can't finish and they're back to standing.  Both men landing some punches and again Dunham gets a nice double leg.  Dunham works to take the back.  Landing a few punches and now Griffin stands up.  Dunham remains on his back with a body triangle.  Finally Griffin dives forward and smashes Dunham's face into the ground.  Dunham doesn't let go and they're back to Dunham on his back with Griffin standing. 10-9 round for Dunham.  Round 3 - Both men landing big shots early and Griffin is going for it knowing that he's probably got to finish to win here.  Griffin looking for the takedown but he can't get it.  Dunham with a nice body kick and now he takes Griffin's back in a scramble. Griffin stands up after a little over a minute and Dunham remains on his back with the body triangle.  The round ends but it was clearly 10-9 Dunham and there is no way he loses this fight.  Official Scorecards: 30-27 Dunham, 29-28 Griffin, 29-28 Dunham.  Evan Dunham wins by split decision.  Whoever found 2 rounds for Griffin in that fight should never score another fight again.

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Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald - Round 1 - Condit throws a punch and Rory catches it and puts him down then tells Carlos to get back up. They're to the ground now with MacDonald on top.  Condit trying to use rubber guard but Rory postures up.  Condit working with punches and elbows off his back.Rory using a solid jab as they go back to standing.  Condit catches him with a hard hook that stumbles him a little.  Right hand from MacDonald and Condit is hurt.  Takedown from MacDonald now.  Again Condit does good work with strikes off his back and they end up back standing.  Trading leg kicks and now a right hand by MacDonald after he catches a kick from Condit.  The round ends and it was a hard one to score but I'd go 10-9 MacDonald for takedowns and the hard punch that staggered Condit.  Round 2 - They're both doing good work from the clinch.  MacDonald lands three hard punches.  As MacDonald works for a takedown Condit uses a kimura to reverse to on top.  Now MacDonald sweeps to top and stands back up.  Three hard shots from MacDonald and he's taking over the striking.  Condit shoots and it's stuffed.  Knee lands for Condit hard and MacDonald takes it. The round ends with Condit landing a jumping front kick.  These have been close rounds but I've given them both to MacDonald.  Round 3 - They're trading big shots and now a head kick from Rory.  Hard punch from Rory now and now good shot from Condit.  They go to the ground and Condit is on top.  Condit landing some big elbows and now he moves to mount.  Big elbows from Condit but Rory finds a way to escape to his feet.  Big combo by Condit and Rory tries to shoot but can't get it down.  Condit is blitzing him now and has Rory's face badly swollen.  Condit is absolutely dominating this round.  Condit is landing punches and the ref jumps in to stop it with 10 seconds left.  If it had gone ten more seconds I'd have ended up scoring it a draw.  Carlos Condit wins by TKO (punches), round 3.

Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel - Round 1 - Rothwell blitzes him right away with a series of hard punches.  Now Yvel fires back and as Rothwell shoots for the takedown and Yvel attempts a guillotine choke.  Rothwell survives and Yvel sweeps.  They're back to standing and Rothwell takes him right back down, now working on elbows and punches from side control.  Yvel manages to scramble back to his feet.  Rothwell with another takedown and this time he ends up in mount.  Yvel manages to get back to his feet.  Yvel is starting to land some big shots.  Rothwell is wobbled.  The round ends and Yvel was almost able to steal it but I've still got to give it to Rothwell for winning the majority of the round.  Round 2 - Right away Rothwell is looking for the takedowns.  Rothwell is on top now in side control.  Rothwell to mount and he's landing punches. Yvel manages to get out and he's on top now landing some huge punches.  This fight should really be stopped, Rothwell is getting beaten badly.  Rothwell manages to get through it and now he's able to get a takedown and he's the one on top in mount.  The round ends and it was a 10-9 Yvel round.  Round 3 - Rothwell with the early takedown.  He's in side control trying to get the crucifix.  Full mount again by Rothwell.  Yvel is able to get back to half guard.  Rothwell working for a kimura from side control.  Rothwell now has the crucifix.  The round ends and it was 10-9 Rothwell and I have him winning a 29-28 decision.  Official Scorecards: 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 all for Ben Rothwell.  How someone scored round 2 for him I have no clue, but the right man won.

Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago - Round 1 - First minute is feeling out.  Right hand by Kampmann lands.  Both men trading punches.  Leg kick from Kampmann.  Kampmann with two solid punches now.  Thiago tries for a takedown but can't get it.  Head kick from Thiago and then a right hand.  Thiago with a trip takedown.  Kampmann holding the head and uses it to roll him.  Thiago with a takedown again and he can't get the d'arce.  Kampmann reverses and comes very close to finishing with a choke and the round ends.  10-9 Kampmann round.  Round 2 - They exchange big shots with neither man landing too hard.  Big right hand by Thiago.  They go to the ground and Kampmann is on top.  Kampmann passes and takes the back briefly.  Thiago uses a kimura to sweep to top.  They're doing some work and Kampmann manages to get to standing.  Kampmann with a big knee and it hurt Thiago.  He's up 10-9.  Round 3 - Kampmann with a takedown and he is just dominating this fight.  Kampmann works to get an arm triangle and Thiago gives up his back.  They go back to standing and there's only a minute left for Thiago to make something happen.  Instead Kampmann is back on top on the ground now locking in an arm triangle.  The round, and fight, ends and Martin Kampmann put on one of the better performances of his career.  Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board for Martin Kampmann.

Pat Barry vs. Mirko Cro Cop - Round 1 - Both guys throwing hard punches early but neither man connecting too hard.  Big leg kick by Barry.  Barry lands and Cro Cop goes down but he's back up and doesn't appear too hurt.  Barry keeps going back to the leg kicks and they're working for him.  Body kick from Mirko.  Right hand by Barry and Mirko goes down again.  Barry lets him stand back up.  Back to the leg kick again for Barry.  Mirko lands a couple punches and they're back to distance.  Both men are laughing and they hug.  The round ends and it's 10-9 Barry.  Round 2 - Mirko misses the head kick.  Cro Cop charges in with a flurry of punches and a few get in.  Mirko misses with a side kick.  Leg kick from Mirko lands hard.  Barry misses the head kick and slips to the ground so Mirko takes the advantage and is now on top.  Mirko working some ground and pound.  Mirko to full mount and Barry gives up his back.  Mirko looks for the choke but can't get under the chin so he goes back to landing punches.  The round ends and it was 10-9 Mirko to even it up.  Round 3 - Head kick from Mirko.  Now a three punch combo for Mirko and an axe kick.  Barry trips him when he throws the head kick.  They're both throwing and missing a lot of punches.  Left hand lands for Barry.  Solid punches from Mirko.  Now Mirko turning it up and alndding big shots.  Barry fires back but Mirko pours it on and knocks him down.  Mirko following up with a series of punches.  Mirko jumps and takes Barry's back.  Cro Cop sinks the choke and Barry is forced to tap out.  Mirko Cro Cop wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 3.

Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell - Round 1 - Leg kick by Franklin and a left hand.  Franklin goes back to the leg kick so Chuck fires one in return.  Rich with another left hand.  Rich goes for the takedown but can't get it so he lands a few punches.  Chuck just misses with a head kick.  Chuck lands a few punches and then gets a quick ankle pick takedown.  Rich manages to get back to standing and Liddell has a cut over his left eye now.   Right hand from Chuck stumbles Rich and now he fires back.  These two are going for it.  They're trading and Rich lands right to the button and Chuck goes out cold.  Franklin lands a few more hard shots to Chuck after he was down and it's over.  Rich Franklin wins by KO (punch), round 1.