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This bout gets the nod here, not because it was spectacular, but because it was nicely done by two veterans who hadn't expected to be the main spot in the first place.
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen was first, but that fight got pushed back to next month's UFC 148.
Then, Wanderlei Silva was supposed to take on Victor Belfort, but Belfort suffered a broken hand, thus Rich Franklin was inserted as his replacement.
Chris Nelson of Sherdog.com put it best in describing the bout:
In the end, Franklin-Silva 2 did not turn out to be “Fight of the Year” or even produce a “Round of the Year” candidate.
It was a perfectly serviceable match between two name veterans that went very much the way many felt it would—again. For a minute in Round 2, though...oh, for a minute, it looked like something wild.
Franklin won the bout in a unanimous decision, and now MMA fans are calling for Silva to retire before his body fails him any more.
It may not have been the greatest bout, but it did nicely for something that wasn't supposed to happen in the first place.