UFC 126 Play-by-Play: Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin

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Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin

Round 1: Both guys throwing exploratory kicks early. Griffin catches one of Franklin’s and takes him to the mat, landing in full guard. Griffin working punches to the body and head. Griffin keeps working his ground and pound, trying to find a pass, while Franklin is doing a good job tying him up, avoiding much damage. Griffin starts to speed up his attacks in the last couple minutes of the round, mixing in some forearm shots. Franklin is still defending well, but Griffin is getting some of those shots through. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Griffin.

Round 2: Both men come out throwing again. Neither landing big shots, but both landing some decent punches, and Griffin a knee to the body. Griffin avoids Franklins attempts, gets around to his back, and trips him to the mat, taking side control with Franklin on all-fours. Griffin takes his back and lands some punches. Franklin makes it to his feet and works hard to escape Griffin’s grasp, before landing a hard right cross. Griffin fires back with a kick to the midsection. Good exchanges from both fighters. Griffin catches Franklin with a left hand that momentarily sends him to one knee. They have a couple more exchanges with Griffin looking to get the better of them, twice staggering Franklin. Both men are landing a lot, but Griffin’s power seems to be swaying the fight in his favor. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Griffin.

Round 3: Griffin lands a hard right punch, Franklin answers with a left kick to the midsection. Each takes his turn pressing with combinations. Franklin gets Griffin in his grasp, but it is Griffin that scores the takedown. They get right to their feet, immediately trading blows. Griffin starts to edge ahead midway through the round, rocking Franklin with powerful punch combinations. Griffin gets the takedown but nearly gets caught in a choke before they enter into an all out scramble, changing positions back and forth before regaining their feet and slugging it out to the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Griffin.

Forrest Griffin def. Rich Franklin by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3

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