UFC 93 “Franklin vs Henderson” took place earlier today at the O2 Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.
Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson met in the night’s main event for the opportunity to coach opposite Michael Bisping on TUF 9.
Mark Coleman and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua met in a rematch to settle their score from PRIDE.
Chris Lytle faced off against Marcus Davis is what was hyped to be a stand-up war.
Denis Kang made his UFC debut against striker Alan Belcher in a middleweight clash.
Rousimar Palhares looked to get back on track against veteran mixed martial artist Jeremy Horn.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Dan Henderson defeats Rich Franklin via Split Decision
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeats Mark Coleman via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Alan Belcher defeats Denis Kang via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
- Rousimar Palhares defeats Jeremy Horn via Unanimous Decision
- Marcus Davis defeats Chris Lytle via Split Decision
- Martin Kampmann defeats Alexandre Barros via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Eric Schafer defeats Antonio Mendes via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Tomasz Drwal defeats Ivan Serati via Knockout (Strikes) in Round One
- John Hathaway defeats Tom Egan via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Dennis Siver defeats Nate Mohr via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
Lytle vs. Davis: Well, it wasn’t Griffin/Bonnar, but it was pretty good nonetheless. Both fighters kept their word of keeping it a stand-up battle. It was a scrappy fight with both fighters landing power shots that sent their opponent to the mat. It was close, I had it 29-28 Davis as did two of the judges. Fight of Year? Absolutely not. Fight of the Night? Maybe. Freddie Roach would have been proud.
Palhares vs. Horn: I should have given Jeremy Horn a little more credit. I figured Palhares would submit Horn fairly early in the fight, and it looked like that’s what was going to happen until Horn decided he wasn’t going to get finished. Horn had a few offensive moments, but spent most of the fight playing defense, and did an excellent job at it. Unfortunately for Horn, playing defense the whole fight isn’t going to earn you a decision on the judges scorecards. By the way, Palhares said he broke his hand in the first round.
Kang vs. Belcher: Man, Denis Kang was dialed in in the first. He came out strong outpointing Belcher on the feet, secured a few takedowns, and was dominating on the ground. In the second, Kang seemed to slow down a little bit, but was still winning the second until he shot for a double leg and Belcher got a hold of Kang’s neck and sunk in a deep guillotine ending the fight. I got to say, I definitely wasn’t expecting that. If Belcher won, I thought it would come by knockout, so kudos to him for the submission victory.
Not sure where Kang goes from here. He should have won this fight, and pretty much was right up until he lost. His performance was good, and should get at least one more shot in the Octagon before he has to worry about fighting elsewhere. Perhaps, someone like Josh Burkmann would be an appropriate opponent for him next.
Shogun vs. Coleman: Well, that definitely wasn’t the Shogun who destroyed Rampage Jackson, and honestly, only looked slightly better than he did against Forrest Griffin. As much as I hate to say it, I suspect if Shogun had fought one of the killers in the light heavyweight division today instead of an aging Mark Coleman, he might not have made it out of the second, and probably not out of the third. The only thing that saved a visibly exhausted Rua was a more visibly spent Coleman. Don’t get me wrong, Shogun looked pretty good in the first, but for some reason, once he got to the halfway point again, he started to gas out. And for a fighter who once dominated with his extremely fast pace, that is not a good sign. Hopefully, he can find a way to fix his cardio problem, because his next opponent is definitely going to be a much tougher challenge.
As for Coleman, where does he from here? He’s gonna get eaten alive in the UFC’s 205lbs shark tank pretty much every which way he looks. Will the UFC cut him right away? I don’t know, but honestly, what else can you do with him? Using him to showcase one of the up-and-coming fighters is the only thing I can think of, but where’s the dignity in that for one of the sport’s legends?
Franklin vs. Henderson: Looks like Rich Franklin won’t have to worry about coaching the US TUF 9 team. Dan Henderson defeated Franklin in an entertaining fight, and will move on to coach opposite Michal Bisping and eventually fight him following the show’s airing. Both Hendo and Franklin looked good in the fight, but Hendo seemed to do enough in the first and second to take the decision. No idea what the judge who scored it 30-27 Franklin was thinking, but luckily, the other two judges knew what they were looking at. It’s a tough loss for Rich, but at least he can concentrate on getting back on track at 205lbs instead of wasting a year on a reality show that really wouldn’t have done anything to further his career.
Submission of the Night: Alan Belcher
Knockout of the Night: Dennis Siver
Fight of the Night: Marcus Davis and Chris Lytle & Mauricio Rua and Mark Coleman ($40k each)
Bonus info courtesy of MMA Weekly
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $1.3 million
Live gate info courtesy of MMA Payout