There are times in every fight fans life when they think to themselves, "Yeah, I could do that with enough training. Those guys are tough but they aren't that much tougher than me."
Then something ridiculous happens to make you realize just how stupid you truly were.
In case you missed it, Rich "Ace" Franklin suffered a broken arm a little over a minute in during his bout with Chuck Liddell at UFC 115. Liddell threw a high kick that Franklin blocked with his arm, snapping it on the spot. Franklin stepped aside, shook his arm and continued fighting like it was no big deal.
That's why fans simply watch and Franklin gets paid to fight.
Looking back on the fight, Franklin knows he wasn't in the right frame of mind after his arm was broken.
"Chuck came out in that fight and he broke my arm just over a minute in," Franklin told The MMA Fight Corner presented by FiveKnuckles.com. "From that point on I was like a deer in the headlights. I knew my arm was broken. I went from thinking, 'How do I win this fight?' to 'How do I survive this round?' I was really just trying to get to the end of the round to let my coaches know that it happened to me. My thinking just wasn't clear."
His thinking was still clear enough to knock out the aging legend with five seconds remaining in the round. It was a rousing victory and another notch in the belt of the former UFC middleweight title holder.
Franklin is one of the most well known and liked fighters in all of mixed martial arts. He was a dominant middleweight title holder, one who looked to reign for a long period of time. Unfortunately a man named Anderson Silva dashed those hopes.
Nonetheless, Franklin has still amassed one of the best careers in mixed martial arts. With an overall record of 28-6 1 NC, he has beaten some of the games best fighters. His losses read like a who's who of former and current title holders.
His most recent defeat, by the hands of Forrest Griffin, is one that didn't sit well with Franklin, a former high school math teacher, after the judges announced their decision. Franklin thought he had won the second and third rounds in their bout at UFC 126 and as any good math teacher could tell you, that should have given him the victory. But the judges didn't agree with him, giving the first two rounds to the former light heavyweight champion and The Ultimate Fighter season one victor.
"I went into the second round already one round down," Franklin said. "Second round was back and forth a little bit. I would imagine I probably landed more punches but then Forrest got the takedown. We scrambled and we ended up back on our feet again. And then he wobbled me with a punch."
"When I came back at the end of the 2nd round, my corner told me, they said 'Yeah you won that round and you're back in this fight.' At the end of the fight I was sure that I won the third round so, in my mind, I thought that I had the decision locked down with the second and third round, but they didn't give me the second round."
"Unlike the [Dan] Henderson fight, I can see how the decision could have gone in Forrest's direction."
While Franklin has come...