With his left arm in a sling, former middleweight champion Rich Franklin reflected on one of the biggest wins of his career over Chuck Liddell at the UFC 115 post-fight press conference.
With just five seconds to go in the round he knocked out the legendary fighter, and Franklin admits that he felt relief as much as anything else.
“I was just happy the fight was over because I knew my arm was broken in the fight, and I definitely wasn’t going to quit – I’ve broken bones before and continued fighting, but there was part of me that was wondering how I was going to be able to…like what kind of strategy I was going to use to win the fight with a broken left arm in the second and third round.”
Franklin went on to describe the ending of the fight in his own words.
“Chuck caught me with a couple of punches. I kind of got stupid standing in front of him but it looked like he was making himself tired so I was just kinda letting him make himself tired. He was putting a lot of energy into punches that weren’t landing and then he caught me with a couple piece combination there, but nothing that really rocked me.
He follows up big when he thinks he’s got you hurt and then I just tried to stay tight and threw the lead hook and it caught him on the chin.”
Franklin also said that he didn’t feel the punches from Liddell prior to the KO had him in trouble.
“I remember thinking like, I’m not rocked or anything but I can’t let that continue to let happen, but I was fine…but I think he thought that he had me more hurt that I was.”
As for him more than likely being the fighter that sends Liddell into retirement, it’s not something that Franklin is keen to dwell on.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet victory cos Chuck and I are friends, I really like Chuck,” he said. “I don’t want to be the guy that’s labeled as the person that kind of put him out the sport, I don’t like the thought of that.”
Watch Rich Franklin’s comments at the post-fight press conference below.