It may not have been one of the more exciting matches, but it’s hard to deny the fact that Rich Franklin displayed an impressive performance during Saturday night’s fight against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 as the 37-year-old won on a unanimous decision. What’s even more impressive–Franklin managed to pull off the victory despite losing part of his memory during the middle rounds of the fight.
“From the second round to the fifth, I don’t remember what happened,” Franklin said during an interview after the fight. “My corner told me it was the fifth round. I like fights like that.”
“When that kind of stuff happens, you remember bits and pieces. I was operating on autopilot for a while.”
Considering how many shots to the head these athletes take each fight–this shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that Franklin doesn’t remember part of the fight. If anything, it’s impressive to see him go on to win the fight despite the type of condition he was in when Silva nearly took him out in the second round.
If that isn’t considered one of the most impressive victories in all of sports–it’s difficult to determine what actually qualifies. If there were any doubters about Franklin before, they certainly won’t be doubting him anymore after this fight.
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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