Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin fought in the co-main event of UFC 126. It was a battle of former champions as Griffin had won the light heavyweight title from Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rich Franklin was a former UFC middleweight champion. The two men were both in desperate need of a win to remain relevant at the upper end of the 205 pound division.
The first round saw Griffin get a quick takedown where he worked ground and pound for the entire round while Rich Franklin was unable to get anything going. It was a dominant round for Griffin and it appeared that Franklin may be in for a very long night. The second round saw the two men do battle mainly on the feet with Griffin again getting the better of the exchanges. This time it was leg kicks and the occasional punch that got through. Franklin would come back fairly strong in the third, landing some nice punches and kicks. SB Nation saw the fight as a 29-28 win for Griffin. The three judges all saw the same score.
Griffin admitted to being rusty after the fight and hopefully he can get right back in the cage to get back to his old form.