(Liddell broke Franklin’s arm; Franklin ended Chuck’s career.)
Vancouver proved it wanted MMA, government indifference and interference be damned, and UFC 115’s headlining fight proved definitively which aging UFC star still has fights left in him and who has reached the end of his road.
Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell by TKO (strikes) at 4:55 of Round 1.
Mirko Filipovic def. Pat Barry by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:30 of Round 3.
Martin Kampmann def. Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision.
Ben Rothwell def. Gilbert Yvel by unanimous decision.
Carlos Condit def. Rory MacDonald by TKO (strikes) at 4:53 of Round 3.
Evan Dunham def. Tyson Griffin by split decision.
Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:45 of Round 1.
Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau via TKO (strikes) at 4:07 of Round 2.
James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision.
Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:48 of Round 2.
Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox via technical submission (triangle choke) at 4:44 Round 3.
(Pat Barry said Cro Cop was still dangerous. He was right.)
The UFC handed out $85,000 bonuses last night, and Rich Franklin, Mirko Filipovic, Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald were the recipients. Franklin and Filipovic won “Knockout of the Night” and “Submission of the Night,” respectively, while Condit and MacDonald took home checks for staging the “Fight of the Night.”
UFC President Dana White announced attendance of 17,000 and gate receipts of $4.2 million for the UFC’s first visit to Vancouver.
(Dunham and Griffin tie up…side down.)
FIGHT!’s staff is 55-30 on the year.
Chuck Liddell (-105) vs. Rich Franklin (-125)
FIGHT! Pick: Franklin Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Pat Barry (-170) vs. Mirko Filipovic (+140)
FIGHT! Pick: Barry Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Paulo Thiago (-265) vs. Martin Kampmann (+205)
FIGHT! Pick: Thiago Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Ben Rothwell (-165) vs. Gilbert Yvel (+135)
FIGHT! Pick: Rothwell Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Carlos Condit (+115) vs. Rory MacDonald (-145)
FIGHT! Pick: Condit Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Mac Danzig (-120) vs. Matt Wiman (-110)
FIGHT! Pick: Wiman Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Tyson Griffin (-220) vs. Evan Dunham (+180)
FIGHT! Pick: Griffin Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT