Franklin is an icon of the Octagon and his contributions at 185 pounds won’t be forgotten for a long time. However, his success at 205 pounds is a little sketchier, and he was coming off a first-frame knockout loss to Vitor Belfort going into his unexpected meeting with Liddell. While Liddell was far from his prime in the pairing, he remained a dangerous striker and seemed sure to test Franklin’s chin early and often. Such would never come to pass though, as it was the “Iceman” who ended up out cold by bout’s end. Even more impressive, Franklin finished Liddell off with five seconds remaining in the first frame AND while dealing with an arm his adversary had broken earlier with a stiff kick.
There may be two title-fights on tap in Toronto this Saturday night at UFC 165 but the mainstream consensus seems to be both match-ups already have foregone conclusions with champions Jon Jones and Renan Barao each retaining his divisional belt. However, the way pairings break down on paper doesn’t necessarily dictate the way action unfolds in the Octagon, and any fan with an ounce of experience watching MMA understands there are no guarantees when it comes to victory. As such, it’s very possible contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Eddie Wineland could shock the world and end up with a hand raised at the event. If so, they certainly wouldn’t be the first UFC fighters to pull off an upset in Canada. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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