BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Rich Franklin hardly put on a dominant performance on Saturday, but what he gave was enough to earn him another shot at the UFC's middleweight championship.
Franklin survived a late submission attempt from Yushin Okami and went on to score a unanimous decision in UFC 72 before a sellout crowd of 7,850 at Odyssey Arena. All three judges had it 29-28, or two rounds to one, for Franklin.
Franklin will fight the winner of the July 7 title match in Sacramento, Calif., between Anderson Silva and Nate Marquardt for the belt later this year.
It was, though, hardly a spectacular performance and it left many in the crowd booing throughout. After a card filled with drama and high-energy bouts, the main event was a major letdown.
But Franklin, now 24-2, didn’t mind. All he wanted was the win, and he nearly didn’t get it when Okami slapped on a kimura late in the round.
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