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The Ultimate Fighting Championship lands in Cologne, Germany, for the first time with Saturday’s UFC 99.

The main event features a 195-pound catchweight bout between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva.

Cain Velasquez and Cheick Kongo face off in a heavyweight showdown that could name the next title contender, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic returns, and Marcus Davis fights Dan Hardy in a grudge match.

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-Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin
R1 – Both fighters taking their time to gauge their range, careful not to over commit. Silva swings hard with the right hand, but eats a counter to the body by Franklin. Franklin lands lefts body kick, but Silva counters with overhand right. Franklin again goes for the body kick, but Silva catches it and takes him to the ground, starting to ground and pound from inside full guard. Franklin gets out and up to his feet. Silva attempts a guillotine, but can’t secure it and falls to his back. Franklin follows him down and starts ground and pound, but Silva gets back up and they take center cage. Franklin lands a couple hard strikes as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Franklin.

R2 – Silva lands a right kick to the body, but not much damage. Silva looks tired. Franklin still has a spring in his step. Good exchange, neither gaining much advantage. Straight right from Silva, but he slips, and then pops back up. Franklin doing a good job with timed kicks to the leg and body, not a lot of damage, but accumulative. Silva fires off a hard combination and he’s still swinging for the knockout. Another good body kick from Franklin followed by a punch combination, but Silva fires back and buckles Franklin, picking up the pace. He rocks Franklin again and has him backed on the fence. Franklin survives and pushes out to center cage. Franklin fires back strong just before the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Silva.

R3 – They slap hands to start the round then start exchanging blows. Franklin lands a straight left that pushes Silva back. Both looking tired, but Silva more so. Franklin lands a good left. Franklin lands a low kick to the groin. Silva steps back for a minute, but shakes it off and they continue, slugging it out. Franklin is using head movement, trying to slip Silva’s punches. Silva gets the crowd going, waving his arms in the air. Silva is pressing the fight now, stalking Franklin, throwing leg and body kicks. Franklin blocks a head kick. Franklin trying to keep the distance now and stay out of Silva’s knockout range. Silva rushes Franklin with under a minute left, landing a few punches, but nothing of not. Franklin takes him down. Silva gets up, but Franklin stays on him, keeping him on the fence as Silva unleashes a small flurry of reverse elbows as the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Franklin, the fight 29-28 for Franklin.

-Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva by Unanimous Decision, R3

-Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez
R1 – Velasquez immediately pressing forward gets rocked by a straight right hand from Kongo. He drops to a knee then scores the takedown on Kongo. They scramble and Velasquez ends up in side control, quickly moving to mount. Kongo turns and Velasquez sinks in the rear naked choke. Kongo somehow gets out and back up to his feet, but Velasquez immediately scoops him up and slams him down. In side control again, Velasquez starts ground and pounding. Kongo tries turning every which way, but Velasquez stays on him, constantly punching. Kongo gets up, but is immediately put back down and Velasquez continues to maul him. Kongo escapes and gets back to his feet as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Velasquez.

R2 – Velasquez again pressing the fight. And again, Kongo drops him with a right hand, but Velasquez immediately back to his feet and they clinch. Velasquez scores a single leg takedown and starts up with ground and pound from side control. Velasquez rolls Kongo over and takes mount. Kongo gives up his back, Velasquez the whole time throwing punches and hammerfists. Kongo gets to his feet, but Velasquez puts him right back down, keeping his weight on Kongo the entire fight, never slowing his relentless assault of punches and hammerfists, now adding knees to the body for good measure. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Velasquez.

R3 – Not slowing, Velasquez again presses the action, eats a straight right from Kongo, but doesn’t go down. Kongo drops down and scores the takedown, but Velasquez is quickly out and moves to Kongo’s back and starts his ground and pound assault again. Although Kongo appears exhausted, Velasquez’s punches are losing a little snap at this point as well. He doesn’t stop, but the power just isn’t there at this point. Kongo gets back up in a clinch and throws some good knees to the body of Velasquez. They trade punches and Kongo rocks Velasquez, but the AKA fighter drops down, takes Kongo down again and starts to work from side control. He gains full mount and continues his ground and pound attack, but not with enough power to finish the Frenchman. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Velasquez.

-Cain Velasquez def. Cheick Kongo by Unanimous Decision, R3

-Mustapha Al-Turk vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
R1 – Al-Turk opens with a fast pace, landing a right hand. Al-Turk attempts a takedown but Filipovic throws him to the side. Al-Turk lands a leg kick and attempts another takedown. “Cro Cop” fends it off. Filipovic with a straight left hand. Filipovic hurts him with a punch and and knocks him down with a left hand. Filipovic tells him to get back up. Al-Turk gets poked in the eye and turns his back to “Cro Cop.” Filipovic finishes it with a series of punches.

-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Mustapha Al-Turk by TKO at 3:08, R1

-Ben Saunders vs. Mike Swick
R1 – Saunders grabs Swick and pulls guard. Swick presses him against the cage and peppers him with right hands before switching to lefts to the body. Saunders hangs on but Swick continues with the shots. Saunders talking to Swick saying, “Are we going to stand back up (expletive). The referee stands them up with 90 seconds left. Saunders with a kick to the body. Swick with a combination. They’re tied up along the fence where Saunders lands knees to the body. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Swick.

R2 – Saunders launches two left high kicks that do not land. Swick comes in with a combination and they clinch where they exchange knees. Swick gets a takedown. They’re stood back up. Swick beginning to let his hands go, but nothing damages Saunders. Swick lands a flurry or right hands sending Saunders to the canvas. The referee stops the fight after Swick follows up with left hands on the ground.

-Mike Swick def. Ben Saunders by TKO at 2:47, R2

-Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher
R1 – Not much happens for the first minute and then Uno shoots in but Fisher stuffs it. They’re clinched along the cage and exchange knees to the body. They’re separated with two minutes remaining in the round. Outside leg kick by Fisher followed by a short right hook. Uno attempts another takedown but Fisher sprawls. They worked some dirty boxing along the fence as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Fisher.

R2 – Fisher throws a combination but Uno drops down and gets a takedown. Fisher gets back to his feet and lands a knee to the body. Uno shoots in again but Fisher sprawls. They both lands leg kicks and Uno with another one. Uno gets the fight to the ground where he works inside Fisher’s guard. Fisher gets back to his feet as Uno may have been dropping back for a leg. Fisher attempts a throw but Uno lands in top position, but Fisher immediately back to his feet. Uno pulls guard. Very close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Uno.

R3 – Uno immediately charges in for a takedown to open the round. They’re clinched along the cage. They briefly separate and Fisher lands a big left hand. Uno works for a single leg with Fisher pressed against the fence. Fisher gets back up but they remain tied up. The referee separates the two. Uno lands a leg kick and falls to his back before getting back up. Fisher lands a right hand and gets the takedown. Uno reverses him and Fisher scrambles back to his feet. Uno gets the takedown and lands in mount position where he lands shots. Uno batters him in the final seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Uno.

-Spencer Fisher def. Caol Uno by Unanimous Decision, R3

-Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis:
R1 – The feel each other out for the first 30 seconds. Davis lands a leg kicks and attempts a takedown resultinging in the clinched along the cage. Davis eventually secures the takedown where he passes Hardy’s guard and takes his back and lands right hands. Hardy gets back to his feet landing a couple of knees to the body and an elbow. Davis may have been stunned. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Davis.

R2 – They exchange kicks, Davis with one to the body and Hardy returns with an outside leg kick. Davis with two left hands. Hardy clinches and lands a big knee dropping Davis. Davis hangs on with Hardy in his guard. Davis goes for an arm bar, but Hardy escapes. The referee stands them up with a minute remaining. Hardy lands a knee to the body. Davis lands a big right hand before securing a takedown. The round ends with Davis working some ground and pound inside Hardy’s guard. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hardy.

R3 – Davis knocks Hardy down with a left hands to start the round, but Hardy was more off balance than hurt. Davis advances to half- guard and peppers him with lefts to the head and body. Davis goes for a heel hook. Hardy defends and gets back to his feet. Hardy gets a single leg takedown off the clinch. Hardy lands an elbow opening up a cut on Davis’ nose. They check the cut and restart the fight. They’re stood up with 50 seconds left. They exchange and Davis goes for a takedown as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores he round 10-9 for Hardy.

-Dan Hardy def. Marcus Davis by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)


Main Card Bouts:
-Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Cain Velasquez def. Cheick Kongo by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Mustapha Al-Turk by TKO at 3:08, R1
-Mike Swick def. Ben Saunders by TKO at 2:47, R2
-Spencer Fisher def. Caol Uno by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Dan Hardy def. Marcus Davis by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29), R3

Preliminary Bouts
-Terry Etim def. Justin Buchholz by Submission (D’Arce Choke), R2
-Dennis Siver def. Dale Hartt by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
-Paul Taylor def. Peter Sobotta by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Paul Kelly def. Roli Delgado by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Stefan Struve def. Denis Stojnic by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:37, R2
-John Hathaway def. Rick Story by Unanimous Decision, R3