UFC 103 Blow By Blow

Vitor Belfort (top) scored a first round KO on Rich Franklin Saturday night at UFC 103. (UFC photo)

Vitor Belfort (top) scored a first round KO on Rich Franklin Saturday night at UFC 103. (UFC photo)

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 12:49 AM ET

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort returns to the octagon against former middleweight titleholder Rich Franklin.

Also, Mirko (Cro Cop) Filipovic faces heavyweight slugger Junior Dos Santos.

BLOW BY BLOW

Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca

Round one

Griffin starts with a leg kick and sticks to the outside. He follows it up with another. Grffin lands a stiff jab and continues to stay outside Franca's range, delivering leg kicks.

Griffin tries a head kick, but Franca blocks it. Franca needs to come forward more. He's having a hard time landing counter shots.

Griffin continues to punish Franca's leg and is putting together some good punching combos. Franca tries a head kick, but eats a body punch. Grifin ducks under a haymaker with a leg kick.

Good round for Griffin.

Round two

Franca almost catches Griffin with a huge right. Griffin responds with another leg kick. Franca explodes with a flurry and Griffin is hurt. Griffin regains his composure, but Franca grabs his leg. They trade shots with Griffin on one foot. Nice.

Griffin lands a good straight-right and follows with a left hook to the body. Griffin tries a head kick, but Franca blocks it. Griffin delivers a solid straight-right and goes back to the leg kick.

Griffin drops Franca with a huge straight-right and he pounces! Griffin continues to unload with punches until the ref stops it.

Winner: Tyson Griffin by second round KO.

Josh (Kos) Koscheck vs. Frank (Twinkle Toes) Trigg

Round one

Trigg takes octagon control and pushes the action. Koscheck tries a right haymaker, but Trigg blocks. Trigg responds with a straight-right, but Koscheck steps out to avoid it. Koscheck clips his body with a right-hook.

Koscheck cacthes Trigg with a right-hook and drops him with a straight-right. Koscheck unloads with strikes on the ground and Trigg isn't properly defending himself. The ref calls it, but Trigg is upset at the stoppage.

Winner: Josh Koscheck by first round TKO.

Paul (Semtex) Daley vs. Martin (The Hitman) Kampmann

Round one

Both guys come out swinging, but Kampmann is landing the harder shots. Daley comes forward and tags him right back. Kampmann goes for a leg, but Daley responds with a hard right hook.

Daley is taking over now and tagging him every time he throws. Kampmann comes back with a staight-right and they clinch on the cage. Daley delivers a hard knee to the body, but Kampmann knees him in the face.

Daley sends him reeling with a left-hook. Daley charges and unloads with punches, but Kampmann isn't going down. Daley keeps punchng and the ref stops it. Kampmann protests the stoppage.

Winner: Paul Daley by first round TKO.

Mirko (Cro Cop) Filipovic vs. Junior (Cigano) Dos Santos

Round one

Dos Santos charges with punches, but Cro Cop avoids any damage and delivers a body kick. Good body punch from Dos Santos. Cro Cop answers with a head kick attempt. He delivers a slapping body kick. Dos Santos lands a hard right-hook and Cro Cop is back peddling.

They clinch and Dos Santos is bleeding. They break, but go back to the clinch. Cro Cop presses him on the fence and they exchange knees.

Cro Cop eats a stiff body punch. Cro Cop lands a straight-left. Dos Santos whiffs on a big right hook. They go back to the clinch. Cro Cop lands another straight-left as the round ends. Tough one to call.

Round two

Cro Cop tries a head kick, but doesn't land it. He delivers some leg kicks, but Dos Santos catches him with a right hook. Dos Santos charges, but Cro Cop weathers the storm. Dos Santos lands a hard uppercut and Cro Cop pushes him away.

Cro Cop just keeps eating shots and then pushing him away. He needs to mount some kind of offense. Dos Santos lands a hard knee.

Cro Cop accidentally lands a kick to the groin.

Dos Santos delivers huge uppercut and tries for another haymaker. Good round for Dos Santos.

Round three

Cro Cop needs to come alive here. He could be down two rounds.

Cro Cop lands a straight-left and is pressing the action. Dos Santos is absoultely mauling him with punches at this point. He`s got a Thai clinch and lands a huge knee. He continues to punish Cro Cop`s body. Dos Santos delivers a punch to Cop`s eye. Cro Cop says he can`t see and the ref calls it.

Winner: Junior Dos Santos by third round verbal submission.

Rich (Ace) Franklin vs. Vitor (The Phenom) Belfort

Round one

Franklin takes octagon control and both guys are tentative. Belfort lands a hard leg kick. Franklin tries a leg kick, but Belfort catches it. Franklin is trying to land a punch, but Belfort has his rhythm down and steps out each time.

Belfort catches him with a straight-left and Franklin is wobbly. Belfort puts Franklin down on his stomach and unloads with punches until the ref stops it!

Winner: Vitor Belfort by first round KO.


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