The following is from our live coverage of UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin. To access our full coverage, click here.
Apparently former Forrest Griffin opponent Bill Mahood is judging this fight; pretty cool to see an actual MMA fighter judging an MMA fight.
Round 1: They take to the center of the cage immediately. Franklin with a couple of nice inside leg kicks and Liddell answers with one of his own. They trade punches and Franklin gets the better of it. Liddell stuffs a takedown attempt by Franklin and lands a couple of nice body kicks. Franklin with a nice right hook. Liddell lands a solid uppercut. Liddell with a quick takedown, he has Franklin on his back against the cage. Franklin gets to his feet and turns Chuck to the cage. Liddell is cut badly somehow. Franklin with a good combo. Liddell with s solid right that staggers Franklin. Franklin fires back but Liddell stays in his face throwing punches. Nice exchange. Liddell with a leg kick and left hook. Liddell lands a head kick. Liddell gets overzealous after an elbow and gets dropped by a Franklin right hand. He goes out cold.
Rich Franklin defeated Chuck Liddell via KO at 4:55 of Round 1.
Franklin says in his post-fight interview that he broke his arm early blocking a kick and could feel it click during the fight.