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Franklin and Loiseau showing their friendship after the brutal bout. Loiseau's facial injuries are apparent.

The fight was for the UFC middleweight title with Rich Franklin defending. Franklin broke his hand sometime in the second round but he beat David Loiseau effectively for nearly the entire twenty-five minutes of the bout and retained his title by unanimous judge's decision.

The FightEdit

The first round began. They touched gloves. Loiseau tried a head kick and again. Loiseau landed a high body kick. Franklin missed a left hook. Franklin landed a high body kick. Loiseau landed a right hand. Franklin checked a head kick. Franklin landed a combination and a body kick. Franklin landed a left to the body. They exchanged strikes. Franklin landed an inside leg kick and then another. Franklin landed a body kick and Loiseau stumbled. Franklin landed a knee inside. Franklin landed a leg kick. Loiseau landed a good left that staggered Franklin. Franklin landed an excellent body kick. Franklin landed a good right-left combination. Franklin landed a good body kick. Franklin tried a head kick. Forty seconds remained. Loiseau landed a body kick. Franklin landed a good left. Franklin tried for a knee. Franklin dodged a high body kick. Franklin pushed forward with a few good combinations. Franklin knocked Loiseau down with a right hook. The first round ended.

The second round began. They touched gloves. Loiseau tried a spinning back kick. Franklin landed a good knee to the body of Loiseau. Franklin landed a good combination to the body. Loiseau landed a body kick. Loiseau was hurt by a right hand. Franklin pushed forward with a combination. There was a mouse over Loiseau's right eye. Loiseau went down and Franklin had his back on the ground, landing some hammerfists. They stood and Franklin kept landing combinations. Loiseau was still wobbly. The mouse was growing over Loiseau's right eye. Franklin landed another good combination and Loiseau was running. Franklin landed a good combination and a knee. The crowd was chanting 'USA'. Franklin landed another good combination and a knee. Loiseau was bloodied up now. Franklin landed a knee to Loiseau's head. They clinched. Franklin landed some knees to the body. Franklin landed a good elbow inside. Franklin landed a good left hook and Loiseau was staggered. Franklin landed a stiff jab. Loiseau was backing up. Franklin got Loiseau's back, slammed Loiseau down, got Loiseau's back. He struggled to sink in the choke. Franklin stood and landed some ground-and-pound. The second round ended. As Rogan observed, Loiseau 'did almost nothing in that round offensively.' Franklin told his corner that he thought his left hand was broken and he was told not to worry about the pain.

The third round began. They touched gloves. Loiseau landed a high body kick and then another and then another. Franklin landed a good combination. Franklin landed a big left. They clinched. Franklin got the slam takedown and went for mount quickly, landing some ground-and-pound. Franklin got Loiseau's back. Loiseau turned into Franklin and ended up in north-south position. Franklin spun to take Loiseau's back again. Franklin stood, landing a body kick as he did. They both stood. Loiseau's face was a mess, over his right eye. The fight was paused to check the eye. The fight continued. They touched gloves. Franklin landed a right. Loiseau staggered Franklin badly with a hard left hook and pounced. Franklin staggered to his feet, wobbling badly. Loiseau landed some more combinations. Franklin had a leg. They clinched. Franklin landed some knees. Franklin landed a good elbow inside and broke, landing a body kick. Loiseau was hurt badly. Franklin landed a good combination and a knee to the face. Loiseau's eye was swelling shut, and his right eye was a bloody mess. Franklin landed a body kick. Franklin landed a good knee to the body. Franklin landed more good combinations and a good knee. Now Loiseau's left eye was battered. Franklin landed more good combinations. The third round ended.

The fourth round began. They touched gloves. Loiseau was smiling. Loiseau landed a head kick but slipped trying to throw another one. Franklin got Loiseau's back and landed a knee to the midsection. The pace had slowed visibly. Franklin continued the ground-and-pound. Franklin got the suplex backwards as Loiseau attempted to roll out to his feet, and took Loiseau's back again with more ground-and-pound. They got up. Both of Loiseau's eyes were swelling shut. Franklin landed a body shot. They both landed kicks at the same time. Loiseau landed two uppercuts quickly. Loiseau landed a body shot. Franklin landed a straight right. Loiseau tried a head kick. Loiseau was running again. Loiseau landed a body kick. Franklin landed a head kick. Loiseau missed a body kick. Loiseau missed a head kick. The fourth round ended.

The fifth round began. They touched gloves. Loiseau landed a good body kick and then another and another and another one. Franklin landed a good left. Loiseau landed a good elbow inside. Franklin touched his glove to his face to check for a cut. Franklin got the takedown and they sprawled against the fence. Franklin was in an open half-guard. Franklin was briefly in mount but then in side control. Franklin landed a knee to the body. Loiseau got up and Franklin had a headlock. Loiseau got the takedown. Franklin scrambled and got back to side control, landing another knee to the body. Franklin got full mount again and began landing more ground-and-pound. Loiseau once more gave up his back. Franklin went back to side control position. Franklin got Loiseau's back once more. They stood. The fifth round ended. The fighters hugged. Franklin won by unanimous decision and retained his middleweight championship.

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