Rich Franklin awakened in a hotel room in Las Vegas on Oct. 15, 2006, his side aching, his nose throbbing.
For the first time in 16 months, he didn't hold the UFC middleweight championship.
Franklin stared out the window, desperate for answers.
He wasn't simply beaten by Anderson Silva the night before, he was manhandled. Silva, who is ranked No. 4 in the Yahoo! Sports MMA Top 10, was a world-class fighter long before he entered the UFC. So it was no surprise that he won the middleweight title from Franklin at UFC 64.
What was a shock was the way he pummeled Franklin like a rag doll before stopping him in the first round.
Even Franklin (22-2), who will get his shot at revenge on a pay-per-view show Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati when he challenges Silva at UFC 77, wasn't sure what had happened or how it had gone down.
"I did a lot of staring out the window wondering where I went wrong and what happened and why," the 33-year-old Franklin said. "AndRead More »from Franklin ready for his golden opportunity