Razor-sharp Franklin Cuts Through Quarry,st. Pierre Shrugs Off Sherk At Ufc 56;
Razor-Sharp Franklin Cuts Through Quarry,
St. Pierre Shrugs Off Sherk at UFC 56;
Ortiz, Shamrock, and Penn Return in Surprise Announcements
By Loretta Hunt
Las Vegas, November 19 – Rich Franklin couldn’t have done much more to demonstrate the keen stand-up prowess he possesses that kept the golden belt around his waist once again this evening. The easy going middleweight champion utilized his speedier hands and killer combinations to land a left and its follow-up twin for his first knockdown of overmatched Team Quest member Nate Quarry in tonight’s UFC 56 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Referee John McCarthy swooped in quickly to get a better vantage point as Quarry’s back brushed the cage while Franklin briefly halted his ground onslaught in anticipation the bout would be stopped, but both confirm no contact was made and the action continued. A resilient Quarry managed to his feet, but was simply no match for Franklin’s fluid movement. The knockout punch came shortly after when Franklin countered Quarry’s missed jab with a full-range left.
Rivaling Franklin’s versed stand-up performance, Canadian Georges St. Pierre virtually forced ground and pound specialist Sean Sherk to chance it on his feet by stopping every takedown the wrestler threw his way. Although not an easy feat on paper with the 33-1-1 Sherk’s steamroller track record, St. Pierre managed to make it look so with panache no less. Unable to cut off his younger foe’s mobility, Sherk did his best to land in their exchanges, and was caught off-guard when St. Pierre handily took him down in the latter moments of the first round.
St. Pierre really began to connect with his punches in the second set, fulfilling his spinning back kick quota before rushing in to take Sherk down again. With elbows, St. Pierre crowded a quickly panicking Sherk and cut him, signaling a final flurry that left the bloody Minnesota fighter as overwhelmed as he’s ever been in his career before referee Herb Dean jumped in to call it. St. Pierre’s heartfelt plea on his knees for another crack at the title might or might not lead him there – murmurs of BJ Penn as his next opponent were overheard although this information is far from concrete at this time.
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Reality Fighting 10: Mad Monkey Mayhem
By Jim Genia
(November 19th, Atlantic City, New Jersey) It was another sell-out show and another exciting night of fights. Reality Fighting 10 unfolded before 2,800 spectators, and a stacked card of up-and-comers plus two thrilling championship bouts had the crowd on their feet. There were punches and submissions galore, seesaw battles and dominant performances, and at the end of the evening a Mad Monkey was crowned king. Highlights of the night included: