Forrest Griffin defeats Rich Franklin via split decision at UFC 126. 31 year-old former light-heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin, now holds a 18-6 record and holds a black-belt in BJJ. Here is the play-by-play.
Action starts quick with Forrest pulling Franklin’s kick and taking Ace down. Forrest works from the guard to half guard. Franklin moves it back to full guard. Griffin works to poster but Franklin does a good job of wrist control and head control. Forrest looks tenacious working the body and head. Griffin stays busy with top control until the end of the first. CI gives Griffin the round 10-8
The round starts with Griffin actively throwing leg kicks. Franklin attempts to stick and move but has yet to land flush. Franklin gets a body kick, Forrest responds with an inside leg kick. Griffin gets ahold of Franklins back and drags him down. Griffin gets one hook in but Franklin stands. Forrest drags him back down, Ace gets backup. The two seperate. Griffin throws a 1-2 kick up top. Franklin is tagged with a left hook, but Griffin does not rush intelligently as Franklin recovers quickly. The two continue to have little exchanges until the bell rings. CI gives Griffin the round 10-9
Franklin starts off starting to land a few right hand hooks. Franklin attempts a trip and misses. Griffin starts circling more actively but is getting caught more. Franklin lands a high kick. The two have a few exchanges but nothing lands flush. Griffin gets a takedown and attempts a takedown which reverses to Franklin getting position. The two scramble up. Forrest slips a punch a clinches. Griffin ends coming forward missing as the round ends.
Forrest Griffin defeats Rich Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Griffin has now taken out MMA notables such as Rampage Jackson, Shogun Rua, Stephan Bonnar, and Chael Sonnen. Griffin was last seen beating yet another UFC vet, Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, where he won via split decision. He is currently training out of Las Vegas with Xtreme Couture and Throwdown Training Center.