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Epic Fights Collection #17 || Chuck Liddell versus Rich Franklin || UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin
Originally scheduled to be the third battle between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, Rich Franklin stepped up to the plate to face Chuck Liddell after Ortiz revealed on The Ultimate Fighter he had to have an operation, which scraped Liddell’s battle with him entirely. There was one burning question going into this fight: at 40 years old, could the ‘Iceman’ dodge retirement and produce a victory over Franklin.
Franklin himself needed a victory after being crushed by Vitor Belfort at UFC 103. High stakes made for an entertaining all-out war between the two. Liddell utilised his superior striking throughout and even landed a takedown. However, in the closing seconds of the first round, an uppercut knocked him unconscious and into retirement. Franklin left the victor, Liddell left retired, finishing a storied career on a sour note.