Henderson edges Franklin!

Photo: Josh Hedges/UFC
Photo: Josh Hedges/UFC

UFC 93 results by Brady Crytzer

In the UFC’s first appearance in the Republic of Ireland, former Pride FC welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson scored a three round split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Round one saw the former Olympic wrestler Henderson win the opening round by taking his opponent down and controlling him from the top position. The second round saw Franklin push the pace on the feet and use a long southpaw jab to keep Henderson at bay. The final round was a slugfest in which came to a screeching halt when Franklin was accidentally poked in the eye. Judges scorecards read 30-27 in favor of Franklin and 29-28 twice in favor of the winner Dan Henderson.

In the UFC 93’s co feature, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earned his first UFC victory stopping Mark “The Hammer” Coleman in the final round with a hard four punch combination. As the fight wound down, both fighters were terribly exhausted. The 44 year old Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame last August.

On the undercard: Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Rousimar Palhares soundly defeated Jeremy Horn over three round to earn a unanimous decision; In a highly anticipated middleweight showdown, Alan “The Talent” Belcher scored a wild upset submitting the internationally recognized MMA superstar Denis Kang with a tight guillotine choke in the second round at 4:36; Thought to be a possible fight of the night candidate, welterweight Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis scored a razor thin split decision over Chris “Lights Out” Lytle in a true slugfest, scorecards reading 29-28 x 3; John Hathaway defeated Thomas Egan despite heavy hometown support in the opening round with elbows from the top position, with an official time of 4:36 of round one; In his welterweight debut Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann scored a second round TKO over Alexandre Barros; Jiu jitsu ace Eric Schafer stopped Antonio Mendes in the first round with punches from the mount; In a light heavyweight contest, Tomasz Drwal stopped Ivan Serati at 2:02 of round one with hard punches from the top position; and lightweight Denis Siver started the night off with a bang knocking out Nate Mohr with a spinning back kick at 3:27 of the third round.

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