Former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell faces former middleweight titleholder Rich Franklin on Saturday night at UFC 115 at GM Place in Vancouver. Both are looking to resurrect their title aspirations.
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UFC 115 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
CHUCK LIDDELL VS. RICH FRANKLIN
R1 – No touch of the gloves. Liddell lands the first big shot, a hard right hand, then a follow-up low kick. They clinch briefly and Franklin lands a couple punches on separation, but Liddell lands a high kick in return. Franklin lands a couple right hands, but takes a hard shot back from Liddell. Liddell then shoots in and picks the ankle, putting Franklin on his back. Franklin fight sup to the feet where they both swing and miss. The pace slows, both missing frequently. Franklin is firing low kicks, but eats that big overhand right and is hurt. Liddell senses it and pushes the pace briefly, but backs off as Franklin recovers. Liddell lands a head kick and moves in. He appears to be in control then out of nowhere Franklin fires back and with one punch drops Liddell. Fight over!
Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell by KO (Punch) at 4:55, R1
PAT BARRY VS. MIRKO “CRO COP” FILIPOVIC
R1 – Barry starts firing straight rights, but doesn’t really connect, although he does with a low inside kick. A few seconds later and he puts Cro Cop on his backside with an overhand right. Barry has landed several kicks to Cro Cop’s right leg now. Cro Cop hasn’t yet been able to mount much offense. Barry looks much faster. He connects with another right hand that sends Cro Cop down, but lets him get up. The left side of Cro Cop’s face is swelling fast. Cro Cop misses with a punch, but moves in to clinch with Barry. They hit the mat, but when they get up Cro Cop lands a few hard shots on Barry. The crowd erupts and Barry and Cro Cop stop to hug in the middle of the Octagon. They separate and Cro Cop hits Barry with a quick right hand. Barry lands a right high kick just before the horn.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Barry
R2 – Cro Cop goes high with the left kick, but Barry blocks. Cro Cop then storms Barry, landing a few punches before backing out. Barry is circling away a lot this round, possibly trying to stay away from the power of Cro Cop’s kicks. They clinch on the cage and Cro Cop repeatedly hammerfists Barry’s thigh before the referee separates them. Cro Cop lands alternating kicks to the leg and body. Barry goes high with a kick and Cro Cop rushes him and drives him to the mat. Cro Cop moves up into half guard on top of Barry with two minutes left in the round. Cro Cop drives several punches to the body then moves up to full mount. Barry gives up his back where Cro Cop briefly attempts to find the rear naked choke before starting to punch again. Cro Cop has his back to the cage while on Barry’s back, but can’t do anything with the position as the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 fro Cro Cop
R3 – Barry and Cro Cop hug again as the round starts. Cro Cop immediately goes high with the left kick, but it deflects off Barry’s arm, but he comes back and lands a second attempt. Both fighters are looking tired and missing a lot more, but Barry comes back with a solid left hook, and then Cro Cop lands an uppercut. He follows that with a solid punch combination. They clinch on the fence where Cro Cop lands a solid uppercut followed with a couple short punches to the body, as well as a knee to the body. They stall and the referee restarts them. Cro Cop opens up a flurry of punches and has Barry hurt, sending him to the canvas. Barry clinches Cro Cop’s body, but eats an onslaught of punches. Cro Cop then moves to his back and finishes the fight with a rear naked choke.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Pat Barry by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:30, R3
MARTIN KAMPMANN VS. PAULO THIAGO
R1 – Both fighters taking a lot of time to find their range, but Thiago lands the first solid combination. Kampmann fires back with a right cross. Thiago tries going high with kicks, but one is blocked and the other misses. Kampmann connects with a punch and Thiago drops to try and take him down. He doesn’t get the takedown, but does kick Kampmann’s leg out, putting him on his backside. Kampmann, however, works his way out and back to his feet. They scramble for position and Kampmann locks on a choke, but Thiago defends until the horn.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kampmann
R2 – Again, they’re slow to engage. Kampmann connects first, with a solid right hand. Thiago fires back with a kick and then they trade a few punches. Thiago shoots, but ends up on the mat with Kampmann on top of him on his side. Kampmann lands a couple of punches, but Thiago latches on to his left arm, trying to secure the Kimura. Thiago doesn’t get the submission, but does sweep Kampmann, landing in side control. He drives a couple shots down, but Kampmann quickly escapes to his feet and plants a couple of knees to Thiago face/head.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kampmann
R3 – Kampmann lands right hand just before they clinch. Kampmann drags Thiago down and starts ground and pounding then transitions to his back. Thiago manages to get to his feet briefly, but gets put back down while he was attempting a takedown. They get to their feet where Kampmann lands a knee then they’re quickly back on the mat with Kampmann in control from half guard. He moves to Thiago’s back and throws a few punches, but then they separate and are up to their feet. Thiago lands an overhad right, shoots the takedown, then gets put on hi sback again. Kampmann quickly transitions from side control to full mount then to Thiago back and back to mount as the final horn sounds.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Kampmann
Martin Kampmann def. Paulo Thiago by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
GILBERT YVEL VS. BEN ROTHWELL
R1 – Rothwell comes out guns a blazing, rocking Yvel with a flurry of punches. Yvel puts a guillotine hold on Rothwell to stop the fury, but ends up on his back and is quickly mounted by Rothwell. Yvel though reverses and drops a few punches on Rothwell. Rothwell quickly gets to his feet and puts Yvel on his back and starts working from side control. He tries to lock up a submission on Yvel’s right arm, but gives it up and starts dropping elbows and punches on Yvel’s face. Yvel shucks him off, but Rothwell takes him right back down, Yvel’s head to the cage and Rothwell in full mount. Yvel gets parallel to the cage, but Rothwell is driving his forearm down. Yvel scrambles and tries to secure a leg, but Rothwell escapes and puts Yvel in a crucifix position, punching him in the face. Yvel somehow reverses, and they return to their feet. Yvel starts winging punches and rocks Rothwell, who is wobbly on his feet. They end the round winging at each other.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Rothwell
R2 – Rothwell immediately lands the double-leg takedown and passes to side control. Yvel manages to get half guard briefly, but Rothwell quickly passes to full mount and drops a heavy elbow to Yvel’s forehead and keeps punching. Yvel manages to buck him off and get back to his feet midway through the round. Rothwell is persistent and lands another double-leg takedown, but Yvel grabs Rothwell’s arm and sweeps him over. Yvel is pounding away at Rothwell, who appears badly hurt. Yvel continues raining down blows, but runs out of gas. Rothwell gets to his knees and takes Yvel to his back once again. He quickly transitions to full mount and drops a few punches down as the horn sounds.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Rothwell
R3 – Yvel shoots a single, but Rothwell puts him on his back and moves to side control. Rothwell plans some elbows on Yvel’s face, but can’t mount much damage. He moves to mount, but Yvel gains his half guard, and then full, and starts peppering Rothwell with punches to the face. Rothwell though quickly moves back to side control, again trying to lock up Yvel’s left arm. He drops a few elbows to Yvel’s face before pinning his arm and hitting him with another series of punches and elbows. The last couple minutes play out with Rothwell in side control hitting Yvel with punches and elbows, but unable to finish the fight.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Rothwell
Ben Rothwell def. Gilbert Yvel by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
RORY MACDONALD VS. CARLOS CONDIT
R1 – MacDonald catches an early kick from Condit and puts him on his back, but Condit is right back up and they’re firing away at each other, both landing punches. They clinch and start kneeing each other, but MacDonald tosses Condit to his back, landing in full guard. Hometown crowd chanting “Rory! Rory! Rory!” Condit starts climbing his leg up MacDonald’s back and driving elbows into the top of his head. Condit backs MacDonald away and returns to his feet, quickly catching MacDonald with a right cross. Condit lands a leg kick, but MacDonald fires back with two solid right hands that stagger Condit. They clinch and MacDonald scoops up a Condit knee attempt and dumps him on his back, again landing in full guard. They scramble and get back to their feet. Condit lands a couple knees to the body as they clinch. Condit lands a left jab, right low kick combination. They exchange strikes before MacDonald puts an exclamation point on the round by scooping Condit up and planting him on his back.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for MacDonald
R2 – Condit lands a solid combination, but eats the same from MacDonald. MacDonald catches another kick and lands a couple punches on the way to the mat. He stands up and Condit also returns to his feet. They immediately clinch, Condit landing a knee to the face before eating a strong punch combination. He fires back with a hard leg kick. MacDonald moves in and Condit this time gets him to the mat, but get put on his back when MacDonald hooks his ankles to reverse position. Condit again drives the elbows to the top of MacDonald’s head. Condit starts working for a submission, but they scramble back to their feet. Condit moves in for a Thai clinch, but MacDonald boxes his way out. Condit misses a double-leg, but lands a knee to the chin as thy separate. As the round ends, Condit fires a front kick to MacDonald’s face, but takes one to his chest and falls to his back.
MMAWeekly.com cores round two 10-9 for MacDonald
R3 – MacDonald right away catches another Condit kick and peppers him with punches and kicks, sending him backwards across the cage. Condit finally retaliates, putting MacDonald on his back and starts ground and pound from half guard. Condit stands and then drops down a heavy hammerfist. He drops down into full mount, but MacDonald gets his half guard back, Condit is smothering hmm, dropping punches and elbows down. MacDonald hooks a leg and works his way back to standing where they clinch on the fence. Condit lands a few good punches before MacDonald goes for a takedown and gets put on his back again. Condit is working from half guard, throwing forearms and punches to the head, trapping MacDonald up by the cage. MacDonald nearly escapes and gets up, but Condit puts him right back down, smothering him with ground and pound. Condit stands briefly, dropping down heavy punches, then falls on MacDonald again, brutalizing him with punches and hammerfists until the referee stops the fight.
Carlos Condit def. Rory MacDonald by TKO (Strikes) at 4:53, R3
EVAN DUNHAM VS. TYSON GRIFFIN
R1 – Griffin comes out striking, alternating kicks and overhand rights, landing several. Dunham catches a kick and drives Griffin across the cage, but can’t get him to the mat. Griffin is doing a good job overcoming Dunham’s reach with leg kicks and the speed and commitment of his punches. Dunham starts throwing kicks midway through the round, landing several, mixing up legs, body, and head. Griffin charges, but Dunham slips him and Griffin goes to this knees. Dunham follows him and takes his back, working for a rear naked choke. Griffin stays patient and fights the choke. Dunham trades punches, keeping Griffin’s back until the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Dunham
R2 – Griffin starts it off kicking again, this time Dunham is doing better to avoid the kicks, but eats an overhand right. Griffin nabs a guillotine and drags Dunham to the mat, but can’t hang on to the choke. Dunham is on top working from half guard. Griffin gets to his knees and then to his feet where they start trading blows. Dunham scores the double-leg takedown, landing in half guard. Griffin goes after Dunham’s arm, but Dunham rolls and takes Griffin’s back again, working for the rear naked choke. Griffin defends and drives elbows into Dunham’s thigh, but Dunham keeps working for the choke. Griffin stands, but Dunham is still on his back, working for the choke, now with a body triangle locked on. Griffin dives to the mat, driving Dunham face first, but Dunham doesn’t let up. Griffin stands again, Dunham still clinging to his back until the horn.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Dunham
R3 – Griffin comes out firing again and kicks Dunham’s leg out. Dunham fires back, but Griffin’s giving two for ones at this point. Griffin lands a big overhand right. Dunham goes with a jumping knee then misses with the head kick. Griffin drives him to the cage, but can’t get him down and they separate. Griffin lands two hard right hands, but Dunham fires back, kicking out Griffin’s leg then takes his back one more time. Dunham is clinging to Griffin’s back, but not anywhere near a choke. Griffin stands up, and again Dunham stays on his back, locking on the body triangle. Dunham still can’t find the choke, so Griffin drives him into the mat, still unable to shake him before the horn sounds.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Griffin, the fight 29-28 for Dunham
Evan Dunham def. Tyson Griffin by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28), R3
MATT WIMAN VS. MAC DANZIG
R1 – Wiman comes out kicking, but Danzig – sporting hair for the first time in a long time – quickly catches one and puts Wiman on the mat. They scrap for position, but Wiman catches Danzig in a tight guillotine and rolls him over onto his back. Danzig remains calm, the choke is in deep, but Danzig is hanging on. Referee Yves Lavigne checks Danzig’s hand to see if he is out. Danzig’s hand remains up, but Lavigne stops the bout anyhow, much to the confusion of both Danzig and Wiman.
Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig by Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:45, R1
MARIO MIRANDA VS. DAVID LOISEAU
R1 – Miranda immediately clinches and tosses Loiseau to the mat. With Loiseau on all fours, Miranda starts punching while kneeling at his side. Loiseau turns to his back, Miranda working ground and pound from half guard. Loiseau gains his full guard, but Miranda scoots him to the fence, where Loiseau escapes to his knees. Miranda stays on him, however, punching and driving home knees to the body. Loiseau finally is able to stand up, clinched with Miranda, his face swelling below his left eye. Miranda drives a few knees to the body and then tosses Loiseau back to the mat. This time Loiseau is back to his feet quickly, pressing Miranda to the cage. The action stalls and the referee restarts the two in the center of the Octagon. They clinch and Miranda drives Loiseau to the fence.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Miranda
R2 – Loiseau comes out with a sense of urgency, immediately firing kicks towards Miranda’s head. He misses with the kicks, but lands an overhand right. Miranda rushes into a clinch and takes Loiseau to his knees where Miranda starts hammering Loiseau with punches. Loiseau has a cut near the top and back of his head. Miranda is controlling position, continuously punching and elbowing Loiseau in the head, trying to open the cut up further. He takes Loiseau’s back and flattens him out, working for the rear naked choke. Loiseau gets back to his knees, but Miranda again unleashes a furious attack of elbows to the skull before witching to punches. Loiseau can only cover up, but the referee doesn’t stop the fight until Miranda goes back to the punishing elbow attack.
Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau by TKO (Strikes) at 4:07, R2
PETER SOBOTTA VS. JAMES WILKS
R1 – Sobotta starts kicking; Wilks starts punching; each testing his range. Sobotta then clinches and presses Wilks to the fence, but gives it up when Wilks drives home a knee to the body. They close the gap again, Wilks trying to lock on a submission and landing on his back with Sobotta in full guard. Wilks starts climbing his legs and does a tremendous move to lock up Sobotta’s arm, searching for an armbar, but Sobotta is patient and finds the escape hatch. Both work back to their feet, they exchange a few punches, but then clinch on the fence. Sobotta tries for a takedown, but Wilks fends it off, then pulls guard, nearly securing a gogo plata. Sobotta defends, they scramble, and the round comes to an end.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Wilks
R2 – Wilks misses right away with a head kick then eats several punch combination before tying Sobotta up. Wilks lands a couple knees to the head before they break from the clinch and then lands a nice punch combination as they cross the cage then clinch again. Wilks lands a few more knees before he trips Sobotta to the mat. He stands in Sobotta’s guard, escaping a leg lock attempt, then nearly locks on a choke of his own. They both get back to standing with 30 seconds left in the round, but can’t manage much offense before the horn.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Wilks.
R3 – Wilks opens strong with a left punch followed by a knee. He throws the high kick and backs Sobotta into the cage, searching for a takedown, but Sobotta defends well. A sharp jab from Wilks snaps Sobotta’s head back hard. Sobotta goes for the takedown, nearly gets caught in a submission attempt from Wilks on the way down then manages to take Wilks’ back and lock on a body triangle. Wilks defends the rear naked choke and turns to his knees, but Sobotta keeps the body triangle locked and pulls Wilks back over. He gives up the body triangle trying to secures an arm, which gives Wilks just enough space to reverse into Sobotta’s full guard. Wilks mounts a few ground and pound shots, but can’t do much with the position before the final horn.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Sobotta, but the fight 29-28 for Wilks.
James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27), R3
CLAUDE PATRICK VS. RICARDO FUNCH
R1 – Patrick checks a couple leg kicks before they clinch on the fence with Patrick landing several knees to Funch’s thighs. They work for position for a time, then Patrick scores the bodylock takedown, landing in Funch’s full guard. Funch gets a warning for kicking Patrick, but the fight is restarted with Patrick in Funch’s guard. Patrick then proceeds to land a couple hard punches to the Canadian fans’ delight. Patrick stands in Funch’s guard and drives home several hard punches, passes guard, and then drops an elbow to the head, landing in Funch’s half guard. Patrick moves up and secures a choke from top mount, but can’t finish before the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Patrick.
R2 – Patrick presses Funch to the cage, but Funch quickly switches position, but gets caught in a guillotine hold and eats a couple knees. They remain along the fence, working for position from the clinch. Just under two minutes in and Patrick secures the guillotine choke and drops to the mat where Funch quickly taps out.
Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:48, R2
JESSE LENNOX VS. MIKE PYLE
R1 – Not much action for the first couple minutes, although Lennox lands a few solid leg kicks. Pyle shoots on him, but Lennox does a good job defending and drives a few knees to Pyle’s body. They trade a couple head kicks then Lennox starts to find some range by diving in with punches to the body and head, but eats a knee and a head kick late in the round. Pyle starts using his reach advantage, employing the jab to keep Lennox at bay. Lennox somehow finds his way through and rocks Pyle with a hard punch combination, but Pyle fires back, sending Lennox to the mat. Pyle follows him down and lands in mount, but can’t finish with the guillotine choke he’s working on from the top.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pyle.
R2 – Pyle starts out right away using his jab then stings Lennox with a straight right. Lennox is looking for the power punches, but Pyle takes him down, they scramble and return to their feet. Pyle locks on a standing armlock and takes Lennox down with it, but can’t finish. They scramble again, Pyle landing on top in half guard. Pyle starts picking away with punches, then stands and drops a couple hard shots down before Lennox regains his feet. They clinch, but this time Lennox takes Pyle down, landing in full guard. Lennox is smothering Pyle up by the cage, but Pyle somehow spins away from the cage and turns to his knees until the bell sounds.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pyle.
R3 – Lennox comes out swinging for the fences, but not landing the big overhand right. He manages a solid low kick, but Pyle gives him two back, staggering Lennox for a moment. Pyle is doing a good job using his reach advantage to stay away from Lennox’s power. Lennox looks tired, swinging hard, probably thinking he has to finish the fight to get the win. Pyle landing his jab frequently, misses with a spinning hook kick, but then lands a couple leg kicks that again stagger Lennox. Lennox presses Pyle to the cage, but it’s Pyle that wins the exchange along the fence. With a minute left, Lennox goes all in, landing a superman punch and a left hook. He gets Pyle to the mat and starts a ground and pound attack, but Pyle locks on a triangle choke, drops a few elbows, then finishes the submission for the win.
Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:44, R3
UFC 115 RESULTS:
MAIN CARD (On Pay-Per-View):
-Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell by KO (Punch) at 4:55, R1
-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Pat Barry by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:30, R3
-Martin Kampmann def. Paulo Thiago by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Ben Rothwell def. Gilbert Yvel by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Carlos Condit def. Rory MacDonald by TKO (Strikes) at 4:53, R3
PRELIMINARY CARD (On Spike TV):
-Evan Dunham def. Tyson Griffin by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig by Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:45, R1
PRELIMINARY CARD (Non-Televised):
-Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau by TKO (Strikes) at 4:07, R2
-James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27), R3
-Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:48, R2
-Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:44, R3