View Full Version : Official Comments Thread For: Chuck Liddell vs Rich Franklin is Set For UFC 115 Main Event


BIGPOPPAPUMP
04-13-2010, 01:12 PM
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – “Fans and media have been asking me for weeks what is happening on The Ultimate Fighter® Season 11, saying things like ‘is Tito off the show, is Chuck fighting Rich.’ Today, I’m officially announcing that Chuck Liddell will fight Rich Franklin at UFC 115. I wish I could tell you why, but everyone’s just going to have to watch The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 on ****e TV. What I can say is that these are two UFC® legends, and they give everything they have in every second of a fight. Both of these guys are looking to get back to the top of the light heavyweight division. Liddell and Franklin at 205 pounds is going to be a war, and I can’t wait to do our first UFC event ever in Vancouver,” said UFC President Dana White. [<b>Click Here To Read More</b> (http://www.boxingscene.com/mma/?m=show&id=1042)]

kaps
04-13-2010, 01:18 PM
This fight is just as pointless, but atleast it's not Tito vs Chuck again...

PackosCotto
04-13-2010, 01:43 PM
chuck is gettin hurt, this is an outrage

EngorgedW/Blood
04-13-2010, 01:58 PM
Who's Rich Franklin? Is he a good?

kaps
04-13-2010, 02:01 PM
Who's Rich Franklin? Is he a good?

He's better than bad, he was the middle weight champ before Anderson moved his nose to the side of his head. Coming off a loss to Belfort though...

Sn1
04-13-2010, 02:07 PM
shame for me.

i really wanted to see if tito could finally learn some sort of fight winning offence.
has he gnp anyone in last 5 yrs ?

-Swizzy-
04-13-2010, 02:44 PM
Liddell is gonna win this. Franklin doesn't have enough power to finish Liddell.

kaps
04-13-2010, 02:50 PM
Liddell is gonna win this. Franklin doesn't have enough power to finish Liddell.

Liddell gets koed by a strong breeze now days....

Sn1
04-13-2010, 03:16 PM
Liddell gets koed by a strong breeze now days....presumably a joke.... ?

the rampage ko loss was dubious IMO and rampage has mad power.
the rashad ko loss was a beautiful shot, im not sure anyone would of took that.
the shogun ko loss, shogun was a devastating striker in pride so no shame.

im not sure his chin is so bad franklin can crack it :)

kaps
04-13-2010, 03:22 PM
presumably a joke.... ?

the rampage ko loss was dubious IMO and rampage has mad power.
the rashad ko loss was a beautiful shot, im not sure anyone would of took that.
the shogun ko loss, shogun was a devastating striker in pride so no shame.

im not sure his chin is so bad franklin can crack it :)

They are all great strikers, but lets not forget Jardine also sat his ass down a couple times....

Sn1
04-13-2010, 04:08 PM
They are all great strikers, but lets not forget Jardine also sat his ass down a couple times....if jardine had a different fighting technique i think less people would sleep on his power :)

and noones mentioned franklin aint exactly granite chinned

-Swizzy-
04-13-2010, 05:01 PM
Liddell gets koed by a strong breeze now days....

a strong breeze > franklin's punching power :nana:

but nonetheless, Franklin lost to Wanderlei IMO, and even though Wanderlei was throwing a lot of careless/wild punches, those punches were still catching Franklin. Liddell is more controlled and accurate in his strikes. Liddell also has better conditioning than Wand so he'll still be strong at the end and avoid Franklin's takedowns(which might have been the reason Franklin won against Wand).

Franklin will try and circle and keep his distance and pot shot Liddell but I don't think he has the speed and ability to maintain that strategy. Liddell will overwhelm him and win via tko.

F l i c k e r
04-13-2010, 05:04 PM
I wish they would stop using Franklin as a stepping stool. Its like the expect him to lose, so they put him up with guys they want to get back on the winning track.

With that said, if Franklin can time Chuck's hands down, chin up method. The Cincinatti kid could end up starching him like he did Nate Quarry.

Sn1
04-13-2010, 05:35 PM
I wish they would stop using Franklin as a stepping stool. Its like the expect him to lose, so they put him up with guys they want to get back on the winning track.

With that said, if Franklin can time Chuck's hands down, chin up method. The Cincinatti kid could end up starching him like he did Nate Quarry.hahahahhaha
the end result might be that hes a stepping stone but that guy is a true fighters fighter.

he wants the best, win lose or draw...

after he lost to anderson twice he accepted anderson was the better fighter,
and decided to change weight out of respect, even if it means harder challenges,
just so he can fight the best and make a run to the top. as much as im not a fan
of his at fight time, im a massive fan of his ethos towards the fight game.

F l i c k e r
04-13-2010, 06:09 PM
hahahahhaha
the end result might be that hes a stepping stone but that guy is a true fighters fighter.

he wants the best, win lose or draw...

after he lost to anderson twice he accepted anderson was the better fighter,
and decided to change weight out of respect, even if it means harder challenges,
just so he can fight the best and make a run to the top. as much as im not a fan
of his at fight time, im a massive fan of his ethos towards the fight game.

Franklin decided to move out of the 85 division? I thought Dana forced him to go up. Because his opponents weren't exactly walks in the park. Hendo, Wandy, Vitor, now Chuck? Hamill was one of those "lets see where your at" fights, so I don't count it.

I'm with you though. I'm not much of a fan of Franklin but I give him a ton of respect.

wojosh6
04-13-2010, 06:17 PM
This whole card is BORING w/ the exception of Thiago/Kampmann. I hope Franklin finally retires Chuck.

Sn1
04-13-2010, 06:24 PM
Franklin decided to move out of the 85 division? I thought Dana forced him to go up. Because his opponents weren't exactly walks in the park. Hendo, Wandy, Vitor, now Chuck? Hamill was one of those "lets see where your at" fights, so I don't count it.

I'm with you though. I'm not much of a fan of Franklin but I give him a ton of respect.
dana did suggest it, but franklin said in a video interview, hes been beaten twice by silva and he doesnt like the idea of being a gatekeeper, he wants to be proactive and so the move made sense.

pretty much those words.


EDIT: FOUND SOME INTERVIEW QUOTES THAT SHED MORE LIGHT ON IT

"I was talking to the UFC after the second [Anderson] Silva loss and they encouraged me to move up to 205. They told me my position there would be more appealing to them from a business perspective. They weren***8217;t interested in a third match between me and Silva and they didn***8217;t want me fighting contenders because I could eliminate possible title fights, so I was stuck in that I was going to be fighting people on the back end of their losses to Silva and I didn***8217;t care for that gatekeeper position. After the Travis Lutter fight, I said I would try my hand at 205 again."

-Swizzy-
04-13-2010, 08:47 PM
I wish they would stop using Franklin as a stepping stool. Its like the expect him to lose, so they put him up with guys they want to get back on the winning track.

With that said, if Franklin can time Chuck's hands down, chin up method. The Cincinatti kid could end up starching him like he did Nate Quarry.

what else are they gonna do with Franklin? do you think he has a shot in hell of being champ again? I'd be surprised if he ever got another title shot. Franklin's career is going down hill.