Posted by Bowen50
i agree. Franklin only won the third round which makes it a 29-28 UD for Henderson. that judge doesn't deserve to work another MMA event ever again.
We've discussed this in detail on our camp board. I was dead set that Hendo was the clear winner when I watched it live. But I went back and watched the fight a second time. It was closer then I originally recalled, however I still scored it the same. I think someone could make a case for Franklin in the second round because Hendo didn't doo much after the takedown. But he did land some shots of his own on the feet, so it's not like he was getting dominated there. And he was able to control Rich on the ground for half of the round. I also think that the most signifigant strikes landed in that round were the couple of elbows that Dan landed before the bell. That's ultimately what sealed the deal for me.
After watching the second time I can certainly see an argument for Franklin in the second. And he clearly won the third round. But no matter how you feel about the second round Franklin did not deserve a 30-27 from one judge. This bout should have been 29-28 one way or another. I do think it was close enough to justify the split decision.