Rich Franklin may not remember it, but he pulled out one of the year's gutsiest performances on Saturday night.
Franklin survived a second round scare to edge Wanderlei Silva in the pair's ‘Fight of the Night' rematch at UFC 147, much to the disappointment of the raucous Brazilian audience packing the Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drumond. Franklin and Silva have now fought for 40 roller-coaster minutes, pocketing $125,000 in bonus cash for their work. Not too shabby.
Like usual, while the two veterans went to war, their professional compadres hit the Twitter-sphere to give their thoughts on the action. Though this time the typical congratulatory notes were joined by a steady stampede of Jim Carrey references, because, you know, Franklin looks like Jim Carrey.
Wow. Wouldn't want to judge that one. Close fight. I'd give wand a 10-8 in the 2nd, though. He either wins our gets a draw. Maybe?— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) June 24, 2012
Or not. Close fight though. Congrats to both guys.— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) June 24, 2012
I get the whole Jim Carey thing w/ Franklin, wow does he look like Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber right now— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) June 24, 2012
Awesome fight, dont care whats at stake for these two, Im watching when they fight— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) June 24, 2012
I always forget how good RichFranklin is, mad props to him...still haven't watched the Maynard/Guida fight yet...— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) June 24, 2012
Rich Franklin is a class act.... Great fighter & great man! @ufc— John Alessio (@johnalessio79) June 24, 2012
Yo, Joe Rogan is FASCINATED with nut shots.— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) June 24, 2012
Nice that Rich Franklin went with the lloyd christmas cut tonight #UFC147— Patrick Healy (@BamBamHealy) June 24, 2012
Demian Maia (@demianmaia) June 24, 2012
Lloyd Christmas has anoying money to buy his worm farm now lol.— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) June 24, 2012
Did wand get hit so hard he forgot English #fb— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) June 24, 2012
I would have spoke both language for more camera time and for the FANS! #fb— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) June 24, 2012
Great fight, well done to both guys.Ok I'm headed to sutra to DJ. Get yourself down there if you want to party after the fights!— michael (@bisping) June 24, 2012
Marcus Brimage (@Brim205) June 24, 2012
Jorge Gurgel (@JorgeGurgel) June 24, 2012
UFC 147 NUTS!!!! BALLS!!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) June 24, 2012
So you're telling me there's a chance? twitpic.com/9zv9wq— Miguel Angel Torres (@MiguelTorresMMA) June 24, 2012
I'm struggling coming up with a Cable Guy or Liar Liar reference here...— Pat Schilling (@PatSchilling) June 24, 2012
They didn't actually need cameras in the locker room because this is all part of the Truman Show.— Pat Schilling (@PatSchilling) June 24, 2012