This. You don’t really beat Rich by being tough and decently well rounded. Henderson is the only one to beat him that way when Rich was close to his prime, and that’s a split decision against one of the GOATs. You basically need to beat him with explosiveness. Anderson obviously got him twice (really have to ask PED questions as well when you see how strong he looked against Rich and Hendo, but whatever). Vitor got him with speed. Machida caught him with a headkick way back in the day. Against any tough, solid pro while Rich was near his prime, Rich beat the shit out of him. And he didn’t crack when Silva murked him either, just kept smashing solid ranked opponents. Tanner (beat the piss out of twice) Quarry (sparked him) Shamrock (please) Okami MacDonald (beat down til the corner stopped it) Loiseau (beat down, corner should’ve stopped) Hamill (smashed and stopped) Lutter (smoked) His move to LHW was basically a retirement tour against other legends past their prime; and he still went 3-0 against Chuck and Wanderlei in addition to his losses to Vitor, Hendo and Griffin. Oh, and the beginning of his career? Let’s put it this way: his final title defense before Silva was Loiseau, who he smashed to a pulp. That was Franklin’s 24th fight. It was his FIRST decision. 22-1 with one NC, 22 stoppages. Multiple headkicks, armbars and kimuras, and obviously lots of TKOs via punches, including a BUNCH of guys tapping to strikes. Rich was the definition of heavy handed. Didn’t really have dynamite in his hands; but every fight looked like Margarito-Cotto when Margarito had concrete gloves. You couldn’t convince me that he doesn’t have a great chance against Weidman, Rockhold and Whittaker (Adensanya seems like the kind of guy who would have his number, but who knows). IMO Franklin is easily in the same tier as guys like Liddell, Hughes, Wanderlei, Big Nog, CroCop, Shogun, etc. Peak Franklin is obviously a significant favorite against peak Bisping. They’d both land and Rich hits harder. In the clinch he’s stronger. Has sufficient stamina. Not sure what Bisping’s path to victory is other than a somewhat flukey punch that stuns Franklin (and there’s no evidence at all to suggest that anyone other than the most explosive strikers can hurt him) or catching Rich on an off night, staying on his bike, having the performance of his life and getting a favorable decision. Other fights I’d like to see: Lindland, Sonnen, Marquardt, GSP, Jacare.