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Old 10-15-2006, 01:31 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Something is very off with Franklin

Will a 7 month lay off convert a champ to a complete amateur? Silva's good, but an excellent strategic planner. Fight was concentrated completetly on striking, it was all any one thought of when it came to the fight. It was programmed into Franklin's head. Silva switches it up with classis Muay Thai, Franklins ego gets in the way (concentration on striking) and refuses to look for a take down.

The guy got beasted, I did not predict the Muay Thai factor. Does anyone know what made Silva look toward this strategy? Or is something just seriously off w/ Franklin?
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:35 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I kinda wish they wouldve given him a lesser opponent after his long layoff but either way you put it he wouldve lost. Anderson demolished him. I was utterly shocked at how bad Rich got dominated. I was literally in aww. I dont care if you Marquardt Swick or whoever I would get outta MW if I were them. Getting into the octagon with Silva is a dangerous thing. Even in a rematch I dont think Rich stands a chance. He was just sooo dominated he looked scarred to be in there and I bet hed be scarred to go back. Anderson is a scarry scarry fighter and I dont see him being stopped.
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:38 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Heres what I think. Out with the old in with the new.

Who's up next to fight the new MW champ? Thats what I want to know??????
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:40 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Heres what I think. Out with the old in with the new.
true enough, it's refreshing to see a new MW champ. i hope the same happens to hughes for this reason alone, even though it woulda been nice to see penn with the gold around his belt instead of GSP.
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:41 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I have to agree with you Asskicker. I was extremely shocked at how pathetic Franklin fought tonight. I don't think Franklin's confidence was too high and also, Silva was underestimated. Did you see Franklin's expression on his face after the first knee from Silva? He already decided he was going to lose just from that look. He fought like Shamrock, not sure why he just let Silva chill out with his hands around his neck while he kneed him repeatedly though. I was a little confused with that.
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:45 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Franklin said it himself, he thought he could out clinch Silva, well once he was rocked he couldnt prevent Silva from clinching.
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:09 AM   #37 (permalink)
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That wasn't a champion fighting there tonight - no serious attempt made to jostle for position in the clinch, the whole fight was weird.

It looked as though Franklin was told to go in there and let Silva kick his a$$. That's how easy it looked.
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Old 10-15-2006, 03:37 AM   #38 (permalink)
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That's exactly what I thought. Just go in there and let Silva take the belt from you. If not that, it was more than obvious that Franklin was lacking in the self confidence or something was going on. He certainly did not look hungry, which is what made him lose. I truly do not believe he enjoys fighting. I think he just does it because he likes the money. For anyone who follows bodybuilding a little, Rich Franklin reminds me of Flex Wheeler. Flex had excellent genetics, but was not a true bodybuilder at heart.
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I am just wondering why Rich's wife was cry before the fight. She looked like if this was something new to Rich(like this was his first fight). It just seemed weird to see her that worried.
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Old 10-15-2006, 04:08 AM   #40 (permalink)
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I am just wondering why Rich's wife was cry before the fight. She looked like if this was something new to Rich(like this was his first fight). It just seemed weird to see her that worried.
well look who Franklin was getting ready to fight. That alone should be enough to make her cry.
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