Originally Posted by Puffy
Franklin kicked Shamrock's butt - didn't even last a round.
The light heavyweight "contract" match was solid! So solid that they gave out two contracts instead of the planned one.
Yeah, I figured Franklin was gonna beat Shamrock, but I didn't think it'd be THAT quick. Shamrock has definitely lost a step (or six) over the years, and I think he was getting hyped back up as a legitimate modern contender because he came back last summer and beat Kimo in the main event of a UFC pay-per-view. Problem was, Kimo is about as old and weathered as Shamrock, so he wasn't at the speed and reflex disadvantage against Kimo that he was against Franklin.
Franklin promptly announced he was dropping out of the light heavyweight and back into the middleweight division, where he normally fights. He went up for the Shamrock fight to get exposure, but the light heavyweights are the premiere division in UFC as far as star power goes. Would not be shocked at all to see Franklin get the next shot at the Middleweight Title and maybe even win it... that title will probably be up for grabs at the next UFC PPV, after this one coming up Saturday.
And yes, the light heavyweight bout was a whale of a fight, the stuff of legends. One of the best MMA fights I've EVER seen. Both guys deserved the contract. I figured some would complain, because with reality and talent search shows like American Idol and all that, you see the third or fourth place finisher routinely get record deals or prizes or what have you themselves, somewhat cheapening the WINNING aspect of it, but there is no way both of those guys, Griffin and Bonnnar, didn't deserve UFC contracts.