If you think about it, the best thing for the UFC’s middleweight division right now would be for Rich Franklin to win next Saturday’s rematch against Anderson Silva and become a two-time UFC middleweight champ.
With no depth in the division right now, the UFC desperately needs some parity at the top. Otherwise, the next UFC middleweight title match we could see following UFC 77 could easily be Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami. That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad match (in fact, Okami already holds a win over Silva) but it wouldn’t be main event caliber and the UFC needs money matchups.
So can Franklin do it? I’m not so sure. Is a year enough time to master Silva’s clinch work? I’m no Muay Thai expert but have trained in it and while you can improve your work in the clinch in 12 months, being able to get to Silva’s level in that regard might be nearly impossible.
Franklin’s game plan should be to avoid those long ass arms of Silva and put the champ on his back ASAP. Silva received his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu from the Nogueiras and he’s got some nice transitions and a pretty slick triangle choke but I’m not impressed with his wrestling. Franklin is a big 185’er and if his wrestling game is tight, he’ll be able to control Silva on the ground.
I know Adam Morgan disagrees with me but he’s from Cincinnati, so what do you expect?
Here’s some SportsCenter video of Adam’s hero: