1. Where did your likes go? Please Read This Thread »

How good was Rich Franklin?

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Hazuki Ryo, May 25, 2014.

  1. Hazuki Ryo Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Messages:
    1,771
    Likes Received:
    88
    Especially when he was defeated by both silva and Machida ?
     
  2. bma44 Red Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2002
    Messages:
    8,750
    Likes Received:
    0
    He was a very good fighter. Never really a P4P great, but really good. Until the Cung Le fight his only losses were to world champs (and technically Cung was a former Strikeforce champ). So basically a notch below the really elite.
     
  3. PRIDEWASBETTER Whatever it takes Staff Member Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Messages:
    28,470
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    United States of America
    He was a working man's fighter. Not flashy, just got the job done.
     
  4. trane Red Belt

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Messages:
    8,082
    Likes Received:
    0
    This
     
  5. bushidoman Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2003
    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    I think he was pretty underrated, actually. He was in Silva's shadow for a long time, but was destroying fighters before that.
     
  6. MajJ Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2013
    Messages:
    819
    Likes Received:
    0
    Terribly underrated and I don't think he's appreciated properly, he was 22-1 before the first Silva fight I think, with his only loss to Machida
     
  7. MajJ Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2013
    Messages:
    819
    Likes Received:
    0
    Also only lost to former champs as mentioned above
     
  8. Nova Q Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,009
    Likes Received:
    0
    He was never that great. He became champion in what at the time was the UFC's weakest division, and during a time when the UFC was still in a relative dark age.

    He was a good fighter but there was nothing he really excelled at.

    If I were to make a list of the top 50 best p4p fighters in history he would probably be found somewhere near the end.
     
  9. Jamoke Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,119
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Welfare Ranch
    Very good fighter who fought in a very weak division. He's pretty underrated to be honest. Even after losing the title he still got some very good wins such as Okami, Wand, Hamill and Chuck. He's top 5 MW all time.
     
  10. Da Speeit Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2010
    Messages:
    84,976
    Likes Received:
    791
    Location:
    In bed with your bitch, watching game of thrones,
    he was aight.
    Pretty overstated tbh. This "He would dominate MW if it weren't for Anderson" malarky is pretty strange
     
  11. brian12 Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2008
    Messages:
    4,044
    Likes Received:
    0
    B+ fighter.
     
  12. unojuno Orange Belt

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    351
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great fighter that worked hard. He really utilized his strength advantage in a lot of his fights. Would be successful even today imo if he wasn't past his prime.
     
  13. pclanadmin2 SFA3 Belt

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Messages:
    7,301
    Likes Received:
    0
    got the job done. ufc champ. fought for the championship a couple of times. defended twice. he was an excellent fighter.
     
  14. Barge Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,853
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Reactor 4
    While not a HoF candidate, I think hes the benchmark for HoF. If you want to consider someone for it, they have to be better than Rich.
     
  15. Ryan Phillipe Blue Belt

    Joined:
    May 7, 2014
    Messages:
    922
    Likes Received:
    0
    Good enough to beat Wand twice and knock Chuck out. So pretty solid.
     
  16. The Komodo Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2014
    Messages:
    589
    Likes Received:
    0
    Good, but not great.
     
  17. Fujita Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2013
    Messages:
    3,506
    Likes Received:
    0
    Good fighter, IMO a borderline legend.
     
  18. Aas Gutú Adéli Plutonium Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    Messages:
    72,800
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    KCMO
    How would he not be a HOF candidate?
     
  19. Free_MMAson Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2009
    Messages:
    10,737
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    36.1455,-115.1815
    He had a spectacular KO of Ken Shamrock only shortly after people suspected Ken was out of his prime
     
  20. Aas Gutú Adéli Plutonium Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    Messages:
    72,800
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    KCMO
    And he beat the hell out of JMac Prime and Quarry Prime and Crow Prime. These guys aren't incredible, but they were all very very good. And he outclassed them.

    And while they were both past prime he beat Wand twice, beat past Prime Liddell. Lost a debated decision to Hondo Prime.

    It's a really strong resume if you look at more than just the wins and losses
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.