Would a prime Rich Franklin be a top ten MW today?

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  1. nick jacoby

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    Luke is a much better version of Rich

    he'd be top 10
     
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    Somewhere 4-10.
     
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    He could probably still be top30, if not higher.
     
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    Top 10... sure. Plus no Anderson...
     
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    I'd think he'd KO Salt Rockhold

    And if you thinking about making jokes about number 9 and his lack of picture don't. I already tried it.
     
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    Top 3

    Ace would KO or outstrike Rock
     
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    Honestly I can't see him beating many of those guys.. Perhaps Derek Brunson and David Branch.
     
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    No way he doesn't beat at least Tavares. At 185, Franklin has only lost to Anderson and to Cung Le at the very end of his career.
     
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    As long as he stays away from Anderson, absolutely.
     
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    I can picture prime Franklin beating everyone. He's a bigger version of Whittaker.


    Disrespectful. Franklin has a chin and much better boxing. I'll give the ground game and kicks to Luke. Prime Franklin though would box Luke's head off.
     
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    Ace was a beast, he'd be 6-10 imo...
     
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    Rich seemed to struggle mainly against accurate powerful southpaw strikers while fighting at MW. I think a prime version of him would survive in the current top 10 but likely would not dominate any of them and probably would not be a big favorite over anyone aside from Tavares and maybe Brunson and Israel but I could see both those guys also giving Rich problems.
     
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    Rich would be champion in Today's division

    Whittaker would bow down to the greatness of ACE.

    Fighters like Prime Wand and Prime Chuck have nightmares about this guy

     
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    They don't fight anything alike besides they are both big for weight class and like to kick.

    Prime Rich was a hell of a striker and pursuer of the finish. Good power and footwork. Great Cardio. Decent wrestling and ground game. More durable than people give him credit for.

    Definitely top 10, maybe top 5 - He could out hustle a lot of current guys.
     
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    I can see him beating Brunson, Branch, and Tavares. So maybe somewhere 5-10.
     
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    Rich could beat a no one at #9
     
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    Prime Rich Franklin would be a Top Ten MW... But he'd never make it past USADA...
     
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    if guys like tavares is top 10 than rich def could be
     
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