Franklin defeats Okami with a unanimous decision...here the play by play
5:33 p.m. ó Rich Franlin defeats Yushin Okami via unanimous decision (29-28 on all the judgesí scorecards).
5:30 p.m. ó FRANKLIN VS. OKAMI, ROUND 3: Okami really needs to mount an offense here. Heís only attempted one takedown, and as the round ends, he looks for a flying knee. Franklin easily avoids it. Franklin checks a body kick and lands a leg kick of his own. They clench in the center of the Octagon, and Okami gets the takedown and takes side control. Franklinís keeping him tied up, but Okami gets into full mount. Franklin looks for the escape, but Okami reclaims the position. Okami throws a few small punches, but Franklin escapes and theyíre back to their feet. Okami has a guillotine choke but canít hold onto it, and Franklin suplexes Okami to the ground. Okami grabs a kimura and pulls it to a sickening level. Franklin may be on the verge of tapping. Somehow, Franklin rolls out of it and escapes and looks to rain down punches from the top. Okami keeps him tied up but missed his golden opportunity to end it. The round ends, and that one probably went to Okami, 10-9. However, itíll probably be a 29-28 victory for Franklin.
5:25 p.m. ó FRANKLIN VS. OKAMI, ROUND 2: Like the first, itís slow-going to start the round. Neither fighters seems willing to commit. Franklin lands a leg kick and follows it with a series of jabs that donít land. Franklin lands another leg kick, and Okami counters with one of his head. Thereís an accidental leg head bunt, but the fight continues. Okami finally gets double underhooks, and Franklin and reverses and gets them. They stalemate against the fence, and the ref returns them to the center of the Octagon. The crowd really starts to boo now, and Franklin moves forward and connects on a combination. Okami sticks Franklin with a right as Franklin lands a leg kick. Okami glances Franklin with a head kick but does no damage. With 30 seconds to go, Franklin starts to push the action but connects on only one right. Itís a lackluster 10-9 round for Franklin.
5:18 p.m. ó FRANKLIN VS. OKAMI, ROUND 1: Itís a slow start as both fighters get comfortable. Franklin creates distance with a right jab. Okami looks to be waiting to counter, and at 1:30 in, thereís been little action. Okami lands a body kick, and Franklin counters with a solid right punch to the body. Franklin has Okami pushed into the fence, and Okami has double overhooks and is looking to take to it to the canvas. The crowd starts boo, and the ref separates them and returns them to the center of the Octagon, Franklin opens with a solid leg kick, and Okami sneaks through a right jab. Okami throws a leg kick and ducks out of an overhand left by Franklin. Franklin throws another leg kick as the round ends. It wasnít very eventful, but Franklin probably took it, 10-9.
5:09 p.m. ó Franklin and Okami have to be two of the biggest 185-pounders ever to square off. Both guys look calm. Thereís not a single person sitting right now.