Posts with the tag "Rich Franklin"


UFC 115 Wrap Up

posted by cradick on June-13-2010, 12:00am

I was able to catch most of UFC 115 and I was pleasantly surprised with the event. Most shocking had to be the Mirko Cro Cop and Pat Barry fight. Not only was I surprised to see Barry knock down Cro Cop continuously, but the fight ended with a submission by Cro Cop. It is nice to see Cro Cop continue to improve his all around MMA skills and perform to his ability in the octagon. I am looking forward to seeing him fight again.

Martin Kampmann was very impressive in what I like to call his "I'm back" fight. The last time I saw him fight, he was destroyed by Paul Daley. Time for another step up in competition.

The main event ended as most expected, in a knockout. My gut feeling going into the fight was that Liddell would catch Franklin with a big shot. I think I was right as Liddell landed a few good shots, but it was Franklin who would deliver the knockout punch. One thing is for sure, Franklin is one tough dude fighting with a broken left hand.

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The UFC Middleweight Problem

posted by cradick on April-21-2008, 11:48pm

Quick, name 5 UFC middleweight fighters. Can't do it? Most of you probably can't even name 3 fighters. Let's see, there is Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, and ...

The real problem with the middleweight division is that there are two dominant fighters atop the division and together they have defeated all challengers.

Combined, Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin have defeated Travis Lutter (both), Yushin Okami (Franklin), Dan Henderson (Silva), Jason MacDonald (Franklin), Nate Marquardt (Silva), David Loiseau (Franklin), Nate Quarry (Franklin), Chris Leben (Silva), Evan Tanner (Franklin) ...

Where does that leave us? Without much excitement in the middleweight division. The only up and coming fighter I can think of is Demian Maia. He looked awesome at UFC 83 where he submitted Ed Herman. Still, he needs to win a couple more fights to prove he is a true contender.

Still, the middleweight division must go on. The most logical challenger for Anderson Silva is Yushin Okami. He is coming off back-to-back wins and actually owns a win over Silva, although it came by disqualification due to an illegal kick. Rich Franklin should probably fight Nate Marquardt next, but don't be surprised to see a fight with Dan Henderson.

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Ramblings from UFC 83

posted by cradick on April-21-2008, 9:09am

My trip to Iowa this past weekend made me realize one thing. The people in Iowa are crazy for the UFC. Most bars were filled before dinner was even over, lucky for us we found a bar where we could watch the fights.

We caught most of the Mac Danzig fight. He confirmed my thoughts that he is a top 10 contender in the lightweight division. Now, how about a matchup with Anthony Johnson?

I still hate Michael Bisping...

Nate Quarry did his best to put on a great show against Kalib Starnes. The problem was that Starnes ran away from Quarry for most of the fight. The best part of the whole fight was at the end of the third round. Quarry was getting tired of Starnes constantly backing away from him so he mocked him by putting his hands up in a crazy configuration to throw some fake punches. I can't do the action justice with words, so I suggest you find the video or watch a replay.

The Travis Lutter vs. Rich Franklin fight went exactly as expected. Lutter showed some life at the start of the fight and even had Franklin in an arm bar. Franklin escaped the submission attempt and then true to form Lutter ran out of gas. From there, Franklin landed jabs and eventually the ref had to stop the fight.

Finally, the main event between George St. Pierre and Matt Serra went exactly as the first fight between the two should have gone. St. Pierre dominated the fight from start to finish. Now, can we please move on to a fight between Matt Serra and Matt Hughes?

I better mention that Kenny Florian did a great job in his debut as an announcer. He provided great insight to most of the fights. I look forward to hearing from him again. Overall, a great night of fights and well worth the $5 cover.

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Travis Lutter vs. Rich Franklin

posted by cradick on April-18-2008, 12:19pm

It is no secret that Rich Franklin is one of my favorite fighters, so if my view sounds skewed I apologize. Franklin will face Travis Lutter at UFC 83 this weekend.

I guess you could say that this is a classic matchup of grappler vs. striker. Lutter is known for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which should be on full display if the fight ever goes to the ground. Franklin is a classic striker with 6 UFC wins coming via knockout or technical knockout.

It will be interesting to see how Franklin rebounds after his second loss to Anderson Silva. Until he ran into Silva, he had been making everyone he fought look bad inside the octagon. I think he is ready to regain that form and will win this fight via TKO.

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Deja Vu? Tommy Speer's loss reminds me of Rich Franklin

posted by cradick on April-4-2008, 12:13am
The fight between Anthony Johnson and Tommy Speer reminded me of another fight that was somewhat upsetting. When Rich Franklin first fought Anderson Silva, Silva made Franklin look bad. Much was the case when Tommy Speer fought Anthony Johnson, Johnson made Speer look bad. I don't think Franklin and Speer are bad fighters, in fact they are a couple of my favorite fighters to watch. Still, what when wrong? I have come to the conclusion that the problem lies in the matchup for the fighters. Fight somebody that can exploit your weakness and you will lose every time.
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