I give it to Rich Franklin by ref stoppage in the 2nd round. Silva will rush him, but won't get the oppurtuniteis like with Leben. Silva will be a little winded and frustrated by round 2 and will make a mistake, get put to the mat, and will cover up and take punches.
The reason Silva looked so well against Leben is because Leben thought he had one of the best chins in the league. If you look at all of Leben's fights, he takes a hit to give one. Franklin is going to fight a much better fight. I believe this is going to be the same as Crow vs Ace. Franklin all the way for this fight. Either a late knockout or decision.
If he does beat Silva, they should bring back Linland to fight him in a future title match. What happens with the winner of TUF4?? I thought each one would get a title shot. Anyway--if Rich's hand is 100% , and he can avoid any direct hits on the chin he should be able to win via decision.
People seriously think Rich is going to toy with Silva. People do realize that Silva is a much better striker than Franklin and if he lands on Franklin, it will most likely knock him or wobble him. If anyone remembers, Franklin was knocked out the first time in Pride tournament, 1st round. He could not withstand blows as much as people believe, so if Silva lands those highly accurate punches, it will take Franklin out of his game.
i dont wanna hear about any other middleweight beating franklin..Lindland cant beat him , marquardt cant beat him, and if silva cant noone will for awile..unless pride sendd over one of their studs over from the 183 lb division.
But as for this fight, very dangerous fight for franklin.This is by no means gonna be an easy fight.hes fighting a better striker than himself, which he might not be used to..but i still seeing rich pulling out a victory in the late rounds with some ground and pound and big john stopping it..it could be a decision..
also if rich wins this fight, they should bring machida over to see if rich can redeem himself :thumbsup:
They should get Lyoto, so people can stop *****ing and discrediting Rich for ONE loss. But this fight has FOTY written all over it; Franklin is my fav fighter but I'm worried that he gets caught during one of his combos while backing out.:thumbsup:
im actually gonna take silva on this one....dunno, just have that feeling that anderson can catch rich with his punches, daze him, and take him out...both do fight southpaw, so that'll be interesting to see how that plays as a factor...
plus, i'd think the odds makers in vegas would put down some good odds for me to take silva
I also think Franklin will get this one! I dont think he is going to loose the belt untill he is ready to go. I think Silva will comeout swinging for the fences, perhaps tire himself, and then franklin will win via GNP. Cant wait for this one!
This will be Franklin's toughest opponent for him to date - beside Ryoto, who he fought at 205. Franklin is a natural MW and should never go back to 205. I think over his career he has not fought very tough guys like Henderson and Lindland have. This will be Franklin's defining moment, maybe for his whole career. If he can't beat Silva then Henderson, Lindland, Filho, would tear him apart. Good luck Rich.
I think some people have vastly underestimated Silva's endurance. If you watch the few of his fights that actually went for a long time he tends to tire out his opponents before he shuts down. I think this will be the toughest fight of Franklin's career and potentially a defining moment in silva's. It will be a great fight regardless. I honestly do not know who will come out on top, but i have a feeling that silva will be able to land one or two, just enough to rock franklin and then i see it slowly going for silva.
If franklin chooses to stand up then silva might have a chance of winning. if it goes to the ground then it's Ace's game. I think Franklin is smart enough to not box too much with silva. I vote franklin.