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Rich Franklin wants Jon Jones to punish him?

split decision2011-04-01 03:21:39 +0000 #1
His nose was oblierated by Anderson Silva. Now Rich Franklin is getting the urge to sacrifice his orbital bone to Jon Jones?

What is he thinking? Dude's got a thing for having his face rearranged.

"The very first time I saw Jon Jones fight, I remember coming home and talking to my business partner at American Fighter and saying, ‘This guy is going to be a stud. I knew it right away. He’s got an 84-inch reach, and he’s 6-foot-4. It’s just crazy. You see guys like that, and you’re like, ‘They’re bigger than me, and they’re stronger than me,’ but I’m a fighter, and there’s a part of me that still wants to fight them and see how I’d do."
Best80smovieRAD2011-04-01 03:37:16 +0000 #2
pointless to even think about ever testing himself against jones simply because he'll never pile enough solid wins in a row at 205 to get a title shot. I can't see Rich beating any top guys at 205 to be honest.

The only thing left for him I felt was to fight Tito Ortiz and he might actually of won that but instead they booked Bader-Ortiz.

I really don't care to see Rich fight anyone right now. The Tito fight intrigued me simply because they are both guys who seem to be at a point where it could possibly be the end. Rich is in a much better position than Tito to keep on fighting but it has to come to a point where he has to know he isnt going higher.
tyrannor2011-04-01 03:48:00 +0000 #3
Rich should have cut down to 170 instead of moving up to 205 in my opinion.
Ash2011-04-01 03:53:09 +0000 #4
There's no way he can make 170.

He should just stay at 185 and do money fights there. Rich/Bisping, Rich/Sonnen, Rich/Marquardt, etc.
Thumpin2011-04-01 04:25:14 +0000 #5
I don't read it as he WANTS to fight Bones, but that he's acknowledging that he sees it as a challenge, and he recognizes that a part of him always wants the challenge to see how he'll stack up. He doesn't say how big that part is, or that he wants to do it.
TheIcon2011-04-01 05:33:39 +0000 #6
Rich is a gate keeper at this point in his career. Honestly would have no interest in seeing the fight. I like watching Bones fight because I think he is bizarre and exciting but Franklin just doesn't do it for me.



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