Rich Franklin wins unanimous decision over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147

by Chris Palmquist | source:

Three years ago Rich Franklin defeated Wanderlei Silva in a three round fight of the night. Tonight in Brazil, the former UFC middleweight champion defeated Silva for a second time, this time in a five round fight.

The bout was mostly controlled by Franklin, but he did have to survive a near-finish to the fight at the end of the second round as Silva landed a right straight that rocked Franklin. 'The Axe Murderer' pounced in a flurry on a dazed Franklin, who barely survived to the bell.

Perhaps Silva used all the energy he had in that finish attempt, but Franklin survived and took the next three rounds to win the bout.

Rich "Ace" Franklin Vs. Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5)
Name Rich Franklin <a href=Rich Franklin" />
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 205 (92.99 kg)
Record 27-6-0
Team Team Extreme
Name Wanderlei Silva <a href=Wanderlei Silva" />
Height 5′ 11″ (180.34 cm)
Weight 203 (92.08 kg)
Record 35-11-1
Team Wand Fight Team Academy
-Rich Franklin defeated Wanderlei Silva by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

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6/25/12 8:55 AM by slamming

Good fight. Rich played it perfectly Nd wanderlei looked lost for most of that fight. The fact that he completely let rich back in the fight was telling on how spent he was.

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6/25/12 8:55 AM by Chimonos Revenge

Cool Story Bro.Especially since Id bet dollars to donuts your screen name BAMF stands for "Bad ass mother fucker". Talk about juvenile.Nothing lamer than that for a screen name, and then bitching about people being internet warriors.Lol at your fail.

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6/25/12 8:53 AM by Chimonos Revenge

That is truly a dipshit statement.Why do people who make these kind of comments even bother watching MMA in the first place?There was some great moments in that fight, and the berserker flurry at the end was great.Rich won over a hostile Brazilian crowd, and watching Wanderlei go at it is always a pleasure.Some people just want to hate on anything and everything. I hate MMA fans sometimes.Biggest douches per capita of any sporting fan in the history of sports. Or fans.

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6/25/12 8:48 AM by Chimonos Revenge

This.Rich has a very hard left leg body kick, and was tagging wanderlei with it the entire fight, to the point where Wandy was grimacing every time it landed.

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6/25/12 8:45 AM by CavemanDave

 This comment is not only nonsense, but does a disservice to both men in the fight.  Wand took some pretty significant shots in that fight and kept coming...more specifically he ate a great deal of bodyshots and strait lefts from Franklin, which would lead me to the conclusion that his flurry in the second round wasn't the only reason he was gassed.

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6/24/12 4:27 PM by Mike Ox Sofa King Thai Knee

this. the fight was amazing and the energy of the crowd (and the 200 people at the bar I was at) was so intense when rich somehow made it thru to the bell and for him to even get off the stool, let alone come back to pick wand apart and gnp him and control him, was awesome. Then they both go all out for the last 20 seconds was ape shit. Haters who said that fight sucked are lame ass tweens who wouldnt know a fight of the year candidate from a karate match. Love rich speaking to the crowd in portugues and not remembering 3 rounds of the fight. Epic fight is epic.

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6/24/12 9:19 AM by Mattapooh

Wanderlei hyping up the crowd and going all kamikaze in the final seconds was amazing.

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6/24/12 8:14 AM by UGCTT_AdamD

Rich definitely won that fight...but Wanderlei is my Hero man, what a warrior. Both guys are fuckin legends. Awesome fight.

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6/24/12 7:08 AM by absoluteidiot

I feel if Wand would have been more aggressive other than the end of Rnd 2 and The last minute of Rnd 5, he would have won. Can't believe he couldn't finish at the end of Rnd 2. Major Props to Ace. Total legend.

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6/24/12 5:53 AM by Reed Rothchild

I had 48-47 Franklin... With wand getting a 10-8 in the 2nd round.