Rich Franklin, in a way, made Silva's UFC career. Silva's destruction of Franklin at UFC 64 earned him the middleweight championship that he still holds today.
The biggest thing about their UFC 64 meeting? It was only Silva's second fight in the UFC. At the time, Franklin was 22-1 in his career with his only loss coming against Lyoto Machida three years prior. Franklin was successful in his previous two title defenses against Nate Quarry and David Loiseau.
Still, Silva dominated him.
The two wouldn't meet again until UFC 77 where Franklin fought better, but still was unable to beat Silva and this time he lost in front of his hometown.
Both times Silva was able to break Franklin's nose. Both times Franklin was finished with knees.
The first fight with Franklin gave Silva the belt he won't let go of. The second fight showed that no matter how many times you may try to beat Silva, you just won't do it. Even if you're fighting in your hometown.
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