Wednesday, January 2, 2019

UFC 103: Return of the Phenom, Vitor Belfort

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UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort – Sept. 19, 2009 – Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Center

Vitor Belfort continued his timeless career by knocking out Rich Franklin at UFC 103.

Belfort, who made his Octagon debut at UFC 12 in 1997, hit Franklin with a big left to the jaw in just over three minutes. He made a triumphant return to UFC after a four-year absence.

“Once you get clipped, everything kinda goes blank,” Franklin said.

Mirko Cro Cop battled Junior Dos Santos in the co-main event. Junior prevailed in the third round due to Cro Cop’s eye injury.

Paul Daley defeated Martin Kampmann by TKO at the 2:31 mark, Josh Koscheck beat Frank Trigg by TKO in 85 seconds.

Tyson Griffin opened the pay-per-view by knocking out Hermes Franca in Round 2.

Spike TV aired a pair of bouts before the pay-per-view. TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero beat Cole Miller by TKO; and Tomasz Drwal beat Drew McFedries with a rear-naked choke in Round 2.

In other pre-show bouts, Jim Miller defeated Steve Lopez on a TKO due to a shoulder injury in Round 2. Rick Story used an arm-triangle choke to beat Brian Foster.

The judges did not agree at all on Elliot Marshall’s split decision win over Jason Brilz. Two judges scored the fight 30-27 for Marshall, while the other went 30-27 in favor of Brilz.

The other pre-show fights ended in unanimous decisions. Nik Lentz beat Rafaello Olivera; Vladimir “The Janitor” defeated Igor Pokrajac; and future lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos beat Rob Emerson.

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