Sixteen months after he last stepped into a UFC octagon, Rich Franklin is back in the win column. But not without a scare. While Franklin exhibited no discernible ring rust, controlling the vast majority of the fight with his clean striking, he had to avert a late second-round disaster after Wanderlei Silvafloored him with a right hook and blitzed him looking for the finish in the final seconds.
Franklin managed to hold on and survive, and then cruised through the final rounds en route to the UFC 147 victory in the sequel to their 2009 fight. All three judges scored the bout in his favor 49-46.