Franklin survives broken arm, ices Liddell

by Thomas Gerbasi | source:

With a broken left arm but an unyielding will to win, Rich Franklin scored perhaps the most important victory since he took the middleweight in 2005, as he knocked out returning Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell in devastating fashion in the first round of their UFC 115 main event Saturday night at General Motors Place.

“I broke my hand before and didn’t quit,” said Franklin with a smile after the bout. The injury occurred earlier in the first round due to a Liddell kick, but Franklin not only soldiered on, he knocked out one of the sport’s most feared strikers in a bittersweet night for fans of Liddell, who have seen the 40-year old light heavyweight legend lose his third straight fight by knockout.

“I’m here at 205 and I’m gonna make a run for the title,” said the 34-year old Franklin.

With the win, Franklin improves to 28-5 with 1 NC; Liddell, who has now lost five of his last six bouts, falls to 21-8.

Image by Tracy Lee


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jcblass site profile image  

6/13/10 8:49 PM by jcblass

So Franklin can literally beat Chuck with one arm :)

fayceofff site profile image  

6/13/10 7:03 PM by fayceofff

His arm. He said he could feel the bones clicking in his forearm almost immediately after the kick.

BigWilliam site profile image  

6/13/10 12:35 PM by BigWilliam

Was it his hand or his arm? I was wondering why Rich was not throwing his hands more but that definitely explains it.

BigJohn71 site profile image  

6/13/10 12:01 PM by BigJohn71

I see a photoshop in the works lol

RiehlDeal site profile image  

6/13/10 11:01 AM by RiehlDeal

I don't think that taunting was taught or accepted in the Franklin house growing up. Great photo.

Nonlinear site profile image  

6/13/10 10:24 AM by Nonlinear

early stoppage imo.

ray_carlton site profile image  

6/13/10 10:17 AM by ray_carlton

It does, minus the taunting.  

mugatu site profile image  

6/13/10 10:13 AM by mugatu

 wow, that photo is awesome

stevekt site profile image  

6/13/10 9:32 AM by stevekt

Reminds me of the photo of Ali standing over Liston. Great job Teacy.

buddie site profile image  

6/13/10 9:24 AM by buddie

Epic photo