Originally Posted by Calibretto9
That's an interesting assessment, and could possibly be exactly how Franklin approaches the match, considering it merely asks him to do what he does best. Personally, I think that'd be the way I'd most like to see him win or lose, based on me liking fighters fighting towards their strengths and not to some gimpy, on the fly gameplans. Hmm, definitely something to think about.
Thanks! I agree completely that fighters that dodge their strengths in order to play it safe are putting themselves at more of a risk. I hope Rich doesn't pull a Marquardt and chicken out of the stand-up.
I've found that every opponent with the exception of Rich that Anderson's fought has backed off Anderson standing (except Leben who just plain fought like he thought he was Goku from Dragonball Z or something).
Watching Anderson/Franklin again, it's really evident that Rich is respectful of Anderson's stand-up but not frightened of it like every other guy Anderson has been in the octagon with.
I wonder how much of a psychological impact Anderson's crushing victory the first time over Rich, the dominant MW in the division had on the rest of the fighters in said division. "Oh man, Anderson did that to Rich?!" *gulp*
I really want Rich to push the pace, and not worry about standing. I believe his best chance in this is to believe in himself. If we see Franklin come to the octagon with the same look in his eyes he had the first fight, then he may be in for another thrashing.