The bout lived up to the billing, as the two met in the middle and threw everything they had at each other like the true warriors that they are.
Unfortunately, when those kind of fireworks start getting bandied about the cage, only one man can be left standing, and in this instance, that man was none other than part time movie star Cung Le himself.
After "Ace" got the party started by getting loose and landing several big combos, Le sat back patiently, waited for his moment, then caught Franklin with a giant overhand right that landed squarely on the button.
In one fell swoop, Franklin crashed to the canvas, leaving him and many others to wonder for several minute after it happened: "What just went down here?"
Moving forward, Le says he will take time off, be with his family, train, and maybe make another movie. Some think he earned himself the right to a fight with a top contender, and that his huge KO win puts him "in the mix."
I for one, would love nothing better than to see the 40-year old combat sports hero go out on top and call it a day.
Ultimately, it was Silva who was able to withstand the storm, as he gritted his way through the first two rounds and found a way to mount the comeback victory in the third.
The arm triangle choke victory earned Silva "Submission of the Night" honors and appears to have gotten his career back on track, for now, anyway.
So, what's next for Silva?
The truth of the matter is that Silva has lost three of his last five fights that counted. Even though this was a gutsy and impressive victory, he's still a long way down the totem pole.
Conveniently enough, Brandon Vera is without an opponent. It's a rematch that just had to happen at some point. Why not now?
If Silva can bend him over and play drums on his back a second time, we can all move on, believing that that is just the real disparity between the two.
But, Vera deserves the chance to show what he can do against a Thiago Silva who is not using animal excretion to mask whatever it is he's doing to his bloodstream.
Fair is fair.
Afterwards, Kim called out Demian Maia, the man who beat him last, but that simply isn't going to happen.
For a while, it looked as though Jake Ellenberger would be fighting Josh Koscheck next. Though it hasn't been confirmed (and can't be, due to a suspension), it appears as though Koscheck's next opponent will very likely be Nick Diaz.
Since Ellenberger is available, I say match him up against the "Stun Gun." Stylistically, I think it's a fun match up between two Welterweights trying to get back "in the mix." It's got "Fight of the Night" written all over it.
Gomi looked as good as he's looked in years. I still am not ready to say he deserves a top contender, but maybe someone that is one step up from Danzig, at least.
Even though he's coming off a loss, I think Jim Miller makes for a good test.
First off, Gomi has a lot to prove about his ground game after all three of his UFC losses came by way of submission. Miller's ground game is certainly up there with the rest of the Lightweights, and it would be a good chance for Gomi to show he's improved.
Also, Miller has been known to go in there and just let hands fly, so there's a good chance we'd end up with a high intensity scrap that never even hits the canvas.
Set it up.
Tuck is now 7-0 as a professional fighter and has a big upside. However, it's tough to know where he sits in the division after just one fight, especially when the division is as stacked as his is.
You could pretty much close your eyes and point and end up with a good match up for Tuck in the 155 pound division. But, I won't do that. Not on this fight anyway.
I'd like to see Tuck take on Jacob Volkmann. Both are studs on the ground. Both bring the fight. I'm sure there plenty of other good match ups for Tuck; this just happened to be the one I went with.
The win came by way of a unanimous decision, but don't be confused by the fact that Mizugaki wasn't able to get the finish. This was a beatdown from opening horn to the end.
This now establishes the pattern that Mizugaki will win a fight, then lose the very next one. Seriously. Since his first fight under the Zuffa banner (for World Extreme Cagefighting) in 2007 to the present day, fighting for the UFC, Mizugaki has won every other fight, without fail.
That fun fact is absolutely free.
So, it would stand to reason that no matter who we put him up against next, he's going to lose, right?
They've both been putzing around the UFC's bantamweight division for a little while, neither exactly setting the world on fire.
Loser leaves town.
Those are my genius prognostications. In the comment section below, let us know what your match ups would be for the UFC on FUEL TV 6 main card winners.