UFC-99: Rich defeats Wand in an even fight

UFC-99 recently ended in Cologne, Germany. In the main fight of the night, a real battle. Wanderlei Silva e Rich Franklin They fought a very balanced fight from the beginning, but at the end of the third round, it was better for the American who took victory by unanimous decision from the judges. In the other fights, emphasis on the return of Mirko cro cop to the octagon, where he defeated Mustapha Al Turk by technical knockout in the first round.

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Mustapha Al-Turk
On his return to the UFC, Mirko Cro Cop did not disappoint the Croatian fans who were present at the German arena. Dominating the center of the Octagon from the start, the former Pride champion used counterattacks to punish Al-Turk who showed some anxiety from the start. Just over three minutes into the fight, an accidental blow to the Lebanese athlete's eye defined the fight. As the referee did not interpret it as an illegal action, Mirko punished his opponent until the judge interrupted.

Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
The fight started off quite studied, with Wand dominating the center of the octagon and applying better blows. Halfway through the first round, the Brazilian lands a good takedown and tries to punish the American with ground and pounch. Franklin's only good moment in this round came in the final seconds, when Wanderlei unsuccessfully attempted a guillotine choke, giving up guard to his opponent who he punished with strong punches. In the second round, a lot of balance. In the initial moments Rich dominated the fight with good jabs, but with a strong combination of punches, Silva punished the former middleweight champion, however, when he demonstrated superiority Wand felt the American's attacks again in the final seconds. In the last round, Franklin started better, connecting good blows, but Wanderlei was on top the whole time. Wand rocked Franklin again with a knee from the clinch, but Rich recovered, landed some blows again and ended the round by putting the Brazilian down and hitting him from inside his guard. In the end, the judges gave the victory to Franklin and the crowd booed the decision, cheering Wanderlei Silva. Check out the full results:


main card:
– Rich Franklin defeated Wanderlei Silva in the unanimous decision of the judges;
- Cain Velazquez defeated Cheick Kongo by unanimous decision of the judges;
– Mirko Filipovic defeated Mustapha Al-Turk by TKO at 3min2s of 1R;
– Mike Swick defeated Ben Saunders by TKO at 2min47s of 2R;
– Spencer Fisher defeated Caol Uno by unanimous decision of the judges;
– Dan Hardy defeated Marcus Davis by decision of the judges;

Preliminary Card
- Terry emo submitted Justin Buchholz with a choke in 2R;
– Dennis Siver submitted Dale Hartt with a rear naked choke in 1R;
– Paul Taylor defeated Peter sobotta in the unanimous decision of the judges;
– Paul Kelly defeated Roli Delgago by unanimous decision of the judges;
- Stefan struve submitted Denis Stojnic with a rear naked choke in 2R;
– John Hathaway defeated Rick Story by unanimous decision.



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