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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-06-2006, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Should Rich Franklin get a warm up fight?

Well, alot of people were saying that Rich Franklin should have had a warm-up fight before facing Anderson Silva! I disagreed with this notion because a champion should not get warm-up fights. As a champion you have to defend that belt against the best at all times!

Now Rich Franklin is no longer champion and will be out for awhile. When he comes back should he get a warm-up fight to get rid of all that ring rust or should he fight the best again?

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Well, alot of people were saying that Rich Franklin should have had a warm-up fight before facing Anderson Silva! I disagreed with this notion because a champion should not get warm-up fights. As a champion you have to defend that belt against the best at all times!

Now Rich Franklin is no longer champion and will be out for awhile. When he comes back should he get a warm-up fight to get rid of all that ring rust? If so, then who should he fight?
They wouldn't be saying he should have had a warm up fight if Franklin had won it, or didn't get his ass beat, just more excuses.

He'll probably get another fight until he faces Silva again, but I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't before his rematch with Silva.

It wont be Marquardt/Swick/Leben, the UFC way will be to throw in some subpar fighter to the wolves to get a win under his belt, then he'll get his rematch.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-07-2006, 03:39 AM
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A champion taking a warm up fight shows little confidence as a Champion. But now that Franklin's in the challenger's seat, I would say yes he definitely should have a warm up match or 2. It would be best. He needs to get his groove back, regain his comfort and confidence in the octagon. It could be nearly a year until we see a rematch. I don't see anyone posing much of a threat to Silva in the meantime.
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Should Franklin have to fight, and beat, someone before he gets a shot at Silva? Abso-f*ckin-lutly. I'd be very disappointed if they just threw him back in there with Silva right away after coming off that beatdown and being out of action for so long. But then again, it wouldn't surprise me.

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its a given that he will get one and possibly two fights. Obviously he needs to win the first and depending also on how well he wins it.

He should fight a leben/koscheck/marquardt/lister/terrell type guy
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i say yes because anderson will most likely be fighting on the february card the winner of tuf. then he will probably rest atleast a month. so that means rich would be sitting around til april or may. i think rich should fight the loser of the tuf finale on the undercard of anderson vs the winner of tuf.
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If he doesnt get a warm up match before he fights Silva again it will definently turn out the same way. Domination by Silva. Rich needs a good 2-3 fights before he can tee off with Silva again or even fight with Silva.

I'd love to see Rich Franklin vs Chris Leben. Now that, my friends, would be a good warm up for Rich.

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acording to ian freemans magazine rich cant fight untiil aprill 2007
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Rich Franklin

...Man by all means he will back. Rich is FAR from being done. I think he will get a rematch with Silva, and show the true awe of Rich Franklin. Everybody loses. Rich got caught in a clinch. Franklin is intelligent and talented enough to come back and beat it. I feel Frankilin will come back and dominate like Hughes did after losing the Belt to BJ.

" You have to lose to know how to win"....Steven Tyler...Aerosmith
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He definitely should. It'd show he's back in good shape and not hurt or suffering any "ring rust".


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