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UFC 126: Forrest Griffin Vs. Rich Franklin

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“Ace” looking calm and collected on his way to the cage. Forrest looks to be in the zone, pumped up. Steve Mazzagatti is the third man in the cage for this fight.

Round 1: They touch gloves and start circling. Griffin with a high kick that glances off Franklin’s head. Griffin gets Franklin to the mat, Franklin doing well at keeping Forrest in guard. Griffin trying to advance his position, occasionaly landing with good ground and pound. Griffin increasing the frequency of his ground and pound, he’s landing consistently now. Griffin able to land some solid shots, Franklin doing his best to control posture. Griffin feeding Franklin elbows as the round draws to a close. scores the round 10-9 for Griffin

Round 2: Griffin lands a nice inside leg kick, Franklin swinging hard trying to counter. Griffin tags Franklin on his way in. Franklin with a body kick. Griffin with another inside leg kick. Griffin catches a kick and pulls Franklin to the ground, looking to take his back. Griffin firing away with one hook in. Franklin gets to his feet but Griffin drags him back down. Franklin up again, and Griffin pushes him away. Franklin with a straight left, Griffin sees his high kick blocked. A right hand lands for Griffin and another kick up top. Griffin wobbles Franklin with a left hand but regains composure wuickly. Griffin with a nice body kick, Franklin with one of his own. Another body kick from Franklin. They trade punches at the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Griffin

Round 3: Griffin’s size advantage over Franklin is evident, but Franklin is doing better at utilizing his speed to land strikes. He scores with a nice body kick. Franklin clinching with Forrest, Griffin briefly gets him down before they separate. Griffin’s pace has slowed a bit and Franklin is showing more urgency. Rogan thinks something is wrong with Franklin’s left arm as he is not throwing much of anything with it. Neither man able to land too many significant strikes this round. Griffin gets a takedown with a little over a minute to go. Franklin gets to his feet and then gets Griffin down. They scramble and Griffin reverses it, before Franklin gets back to his feet. They clinch against the cage and end the round swinging. scores the round 10-10

Forrest Griffin defeated Rich Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Griffin admits to feeling rusty in the fight.