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Updated: June 14, 2009, 11:42 AM ET
By Jake Rossen

Despite misinformed opposition from typewriting German storm troopers -- thanks to the time difference, it was actually 5 p.m. ET on a Tuesday in 1995 -- the UFC made a successful debut in Cologne on Saturday, offering up a card that was surprisingly robust in the weeks leading into its kitchen-sink 100th event.

In a bout that had reverberations through the deep 195-pound division, Rich Franklin managed to ace Wanderlei Silva in a three-round decision. Although Silva appeared ...

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