I met Rich Franklin and talked about fighting for about half an hour. I asked him all kinds of questions about fighting and he awnsered every single one. I very strongly got the impression that Rich thought being left-handed has helped him greatly, so I have decided that I am going to make the switch. I have pretty fast hands and hit hard for my size but I get abused everyday by my sparring parter (he is 5'10, 205 now, but when he fought as an ametuer he won the Chicago golden gloves and had a 74-5 amataur record. He doesnt go all when we spar but he beats me senselessand I am only 19 years old, Im only 6'0, 172 lbs, his uncle was also the national Muay Thai champion of the Philipines and has done Thai fighting with him. He would have done real well as a boxing pro but stuff happened in his personal life that prevented him from going pro). UFC veteren Sean Alvarez who is the grappling instructer at my school didnt spar with him before his UFC fight because he got the hell beat out of him by this guy. No one in my gym gets in their with this guy, hes an animal and hits really hard. I hope by switching to left handed I will improve greatly,Im going to pay for making the switch on Monday when I spar with him but I feel more comfortable as a lefty everyday, my jab is stiffer and faster as a lefty and my kicks are better with increased power. My left hand is getting harder already. My footwork and defense have a long way to go but with all the shadow boxing and bag work I feel more comfortable everyday. Got any advice to help me make the switch, should I abandon right handed tottally. Is my grappling going to be worse now that I have to put my right foot foward?