First Round - Silva opens with the first kick to Franklin's inside leg. Silva connects on a right to the chin, countering Franklin's attempted kick. Franklin finds his range with a straight left. Franklin catches the high kick from Silva, but eats a couple punches in the process. Franklin throws a combinations that lands on Silva against the fence. As Franklin pursues Silva, Franklin mixes a kick to the body in. Silva snaps Franklin's head back with a head kick. Close round, but Franklin was the more accurate striker in the opening frame. TSN.ca Scorecard: Franklin (10-9).
Second Round - Franklin continues jab and try to pick Silva apart. The Brazilian throws a pair of head kicks that don't reach their target and a front kick that misses as well. Franklin is cutting off the cage and landing combinations on Silva. In classic Silva fashion he is using offence to fend of Franklin's attacks. Silva is bleeding from his nose slightly. Franklin's straight punches are hitting the mark more often than Silva's wide-swinging shots. Silva connects with a right hand, but Franklin stands his ground. Silva is pouring it on and he lands silva punches, ultimately dropping Franklin to the canvass. With under a minute left, Franklin is trying to stay alive till the end of the round, which he does. Silva dominates the final minute and Franklin is lucky to still be in this fight. TSN.ca Scorecard: Silva (10-9).
Third Round - Franklin has regained his composure between rounds and the two fighters are back to exchanges strikes. Franklin is pushing forward and trying to get back to his gameplan in the third. Franklin has recovered and is landing body kicks again. Silva hasn't done much halfway through the third and is not nearly as aggressive. Franklin is moving well again and gets a takedown with a minute left. Franklin moves to side control and is dropping elbows and pucnhes as the round ends. We are heading to a fourth round. TSN.ca Scorecard: Franklin (10-9).
Fourth Round - Silva lands a right hand to start the round. The fighters are circling and trading strikes, but nothing significant in the first two minutes. Franklin keeps throwing jabs and keeping Silva at bay. Silva may have gassed himself out going for the knockout in the second round, because he is much slower and hasn't mounted much offence since then. Franklin is moving around and getting in and out with his strikes, until Silva throws a kick square into Franklin's groin. Franklin is trying to overcome the direct low blow. The fight resumes with just over a minute left. Franklin seems very confident as the fight goes on and is moving around Silva and landing shots. Franklin gets another body kick in, but Silva counters with a right hand. Silva pushes forward and throws a combination in the final seconds, but it's not enough. TSN.ca Scorecard: Franklin (10-9).
Fifth Round - At this stage in their careers this could be one of the last rounds in the UFC for either of these fighters, so they will surely leave it all out there. Franklin is still holding Silva at a distance with jabs and quick strikes. Franklin is also still moving well at this stage in the fight, while Silva seems slower. Franklin lands another stiff jab with just over two minutes left. The crowd is waiting for a flurry from Silva, but it has yet to come in this, the final round. Silva throws a front kick, but it doesn't connect. Silva is calling the crowd on and as they cheer he charges Franklin and lands a big punch. Silva is forcing the pace late. Franklin is trying to circle away from Silva, who is throwing big punches that are missing the mark. Silva throws hard and caughts Franklin twice, but Franklin answers with a stiff punch back that drops Silva to a knee as they horn sounds. TSN.ca Scorecard: Franklin (10-9).
Franklin wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 in the fifth round.