UFC 115: Highlights and Lowlights

6 months ago blogadmin 0

UFC 115 was one for the record books from the onset as it marked the fastest sellout in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.  In only 30 minutes, fans bought up enough tickets to fill General Motors Place to its capacity.  The Vancouver crowd inside the Canucks home arena was not left disappointed as the high energy event lived up to its record breaking billing.  Here is a look at what when down, both the good and the bad.

Highlights:

Rich Franklin – As a replacement for Tito Ortiz, who withdrew from his matchup with Chuck Liddell after undergoing neck surgery, Franklin put on an impressive performance, knocking out Liddell as the first round wound down.  Proving more than man enough to trade blows with one of the sport’s most revered fighters, Franklin fought through a broken arm on his way to a gritty victory.

Carlos Condit & Rory MacDonald – Both fighters in the northern border dispute between Condit (USA) and MacDonald (Canada) should walk away with their heads held high.  Going almost to the close of the third and final round, this hotly contested battle was clearly the fight of the night.  Condit got down early with MacDonald asserting his dominance over the first two rounds.  To his credit, Condit did not get discouraged or let up, putting the Canadian on the mat before overpowering him with ground strikes.  Though he took the defeat, MacDonald showed a lot of promise for a young fighter still early in his career.

Lowlights:

Chuck Liddell – “The Iceman” may be towards the tail end of his career as this knockout notched the 4th time he’s been KO’d in his last 6 bouts.  In the days leading up to his main event matchup with Franklin, Liddell sounded confident with plenty of banter and feather ruffling, but ultimately he could not deliver.  Though he did not fight particularly poorly, a first round knockout was hardly the expected result.  Fans and peers alike would have liked to see the legend at least go a little deeper into the contest.