Ken comments made it sound like it’s a possibility that he’ll retire. But there’s a lot of odd stuff going on with UFC and things being discussed on various boards. Some include accusations of fixed fights and so on. For anyone else who watched it, what the hell was that first fall to the mat. Franklin didn’t even hit him. I thought Ken did it deliberately in an attempt to confuse Franklin and then go for the heel hook, but it looked odd. I agree that the second slip/fall during the high kick was legit, but he just laid there as Franklin took the mount and then begin dropping fists. Ken did nothing. He was bruised during the interview, so he was definitely hit, but there’s more to it.
Franklin had just signed an 8-fight contract the day before and is being touted as the next poster-child for the UFC’s promotional campaign. Additionally, Spike TV only gave them five minutes for that last match and would have pulled the plug if they started to run overtime. Kinda the same thing with the Forrest/Bonner fight which I feel was either too close to call or could have possibly gone to Bonner instead. Even Forrest was surprised at the ruling when you watch the video again. It was a great stand up fight. Some people, however, are saying that the two were asked to keep it on their feet to help appeal to the Toughman crowd and those potential new fans not familiar with MMA.
Just some odd stuff, whether true or not. I’ve kinda lost as much interest in the UFC especially after implementing the timed rounds and tighter restrictions. PRIDE FC is definitely the better of the two.