Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis of Silva vs. Franklin

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Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis of Silva vs. Franklin
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: (L-R) Opponents Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin face off after making weight during the UFC 147 weigh in at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drummond on June 22, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The first fight was an all out war that saw Rich Franklin take home a unanimous decision victory and the second fight was no different. All three judges scored the fight 49-46 for Franklin.

Silva came very close to finishing the fight in the second round, dropping Franklin with a big punch and swarming on him afterwards, but Franklin was the more consistent fighter throughout the bout, getting the better of most exchanges.

After the fight, Silva admitted that he may have gassed himself out a bit by going for the kill in the second.

Many were disappointed with this main event initially, as neither fighter is considered totally relevant in MMA today, but I think people will have come around after that performance.

Both men gave it their all and sent fans home with nothing to complain about.

Keep reading for round-by-round analysis and what's next for both fighters.

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