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Vitor Belfort interested in December dance against winner of Sonnen/Stann

Explosive UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort may be less than a week removed from withdrawing from a bout at UFC 139 due to injury but he’s already got a date and opponent in mind for his eventual return to the ring.

With his medical issue only expected to push his readiness back a month, Belfort recently expressed his desire to fight at UFC 141 on December 30 against the winner of Chael Sonnen’s scrap with Brian Stann in early October at UFC 136.

“I hope Chael wins. I really want to fight him,” Belfort said in a conversation with MMAJunkie. “I think the winner of that fight, me and Chael, we’d be (in line) to fight for the title. His fighting always (goes) to a decision. He’s a boring fighter, but I’ll make sure that fight will end up quick, and I’ll give him a fight he’s never had in his life.”

“He’s the type of fighter who can sell with his mouth,” Belfort elaborated. “He cannot sell with his performance. He’s a great wrestler, and he’s a great fighter, but he’s not exciting. … He doesn’t bring the heat.”

However, while he may be pulling for Sonnen in order to settle their personal differences, “The Phenom” also isn’t opposed to mixing it up with Stann.

“If Stann beats Sonnen, he’s in line. I think Stann is a great fighter, a great person, a great athlete, a great man. He’s sells fights with his fists, with his technique and his performance. Stann is a great fighter.”

Belfort also spoke in the interview about his intention to continue competing for another 4-5 years and how being 100% health-wise is crucial to him at this stage in his career.

The 34-year old Brazilian holds an overall record of 20-9 with two-thirds of his wins coming as the result of a strike-based stoppage. He has won six of his last seven fights, the only exception being a defeat to middleweight champ Anderson Silva, and is coming off a devastating knockout of Yoshihiro Akiyama last month at UFC 133.

UFC 141 is set to be headlined by former heavyweight title-holders doing battle in the form of Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem and will also feature perennial 170-pound contender Jon Fitch facing decorated amateur wrestler Johny Hendricks.

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39 COMMENTS
  • Guthookd says:

    “…but he’s not exciting. … He doesn’t bring the heat.””
    -Belfort

    Shit man, you must have missed his last fight. He brought the heat for 4.75 rounds and it was EXCITING!

    Chael would grind you out.

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  • climbarock says:

    Vitor’s only 1 fight removed from a knockout loss in a title fight, so I don’t think he should be in line for a #1 contender match, no matter how brutal/impressive the knockout of Akiyama was. But, logic be damned in MMA matchmaking…he’s a marketable fighter, so maybe he gets his wish.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    I’d love to watch Belfort v. Sonnen. But I have to disagree with Vitor; it won’t be a quick fight. Sonnen almost went the distance with one of the greatest strikers of all time. It was Vitor’s fight with the same guy that was over quickly.

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  • JOEgun says:

    As much as I would love to see Vitor KO Sonnen back to reality, the winner of Sonnen/Stann gets next title shot. I know Vitor wants to make a title shot interception but it isnt going to happen.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Id like to see anderson vs vitor rather than sonnen vs silva just because id like to see some get finished. Im sure if sonnen vs silva happens ahain sila will get the sub after being grinded for a min.

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  • JOEgun says:

    everyone wants to avenge their loss to Anderson but you got to see it from the champs view as well; he doesnt want to fight the same guys again because he wants NEW challenges. He desires to not double up any names on his list of opponents he has defeated, and that makes sense from a “legacy” standpoint as well.

    I do want to see him rematch Sonnen though, just to see if he can KO him this time around, lol

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Sure, Sonnen went 4.75 rounds with Silva. Conversely, he couldn’t finish a guy with a cracked rib and still got tapped out. If Sonnen and Silva fight again, the fight won’t leave the opening frame and Sonnen will probably need help remembering his name.

    Sonnen may have a chance to grind out a win against Belfort, but I am not so sure. Sonnen’s been on the shelf for a long time so, if nothing else, I think I’ll wait to see how he looks against Stann before I make a prediction. Personally, though, I’d like to see Sonnen KO’ed and twitching; it’s one thing to market yourself, it’s another to completely succumb to delusions and hubris.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Hubris is the Greek stuff made out of chickpeas, right? I’ve succumbed to that more than once.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    If silva wants compition why doesnt he fight top level at lhw? He can keep his belt if he loses if he wins he ll be a legend. all great champs do well in other weight classes. Im sure if hendo was fighting in another weight class he wouldnt pick someone like griffin or irvin it would be top level.im really no interested in anderson fighting sonnen vitor or stann.

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  • edub says:

    “Sure, Sonnen went 4.75 rounds with Silva. Conversely, he couldn’t finish a guy with a cracked rib and still got tapped out. If Sonnen and Silva fight again, the fight won’t leave the opening frame and Sonnen will probably need help remembering his name.”

    Yes, because Silva is the only person to ever fight with an injury. Silva got his ass kicked for four rounds, and did a great job to pull out the sub. But that doesn’t denegrate the fact that he was pounded for 4.

    There’s very little logic out there to show Silva would blast Sonnen in the first round. He’s not Okami, or Belfort. Style’s make fights, and Sonnen presents a skill set that obviously gives Anderson a lot of trouble.

    Nice to see he’s interested in a fight down the line, after he just pulled out of a fight with an injury.

    A Stann match up

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  • edub says:

    …Let me continue on here…

    Nice to see he’s interested in a fight down the line, after he just pulled out of a fight with an injury.

    A Stann match up would be a good slug fest, especially with the improvement Brian has made to his striking in the past year.

    A Sonnen match up would be a killer for Vitor. His career has shown he handles wrestlers very poorly, and would most likely get grinded for three rounds.

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  • edub says:

    “If silva wants compition why doesnt he fight top level at lhw? He can keep his belt if he loses if he wins he ll be a legend. all great champs do well in other weight classes. Im sure if hendo was fighting in another weight class he wouldnt pick someone like griffin or irvin it would be top level.im really no interested in anderson fighting sonnen vitor or stann.”

    Really? Hendo fought the shell of Fedor Emelianenko, a way past his prime “Babalu”, and a great up and comer in “Feijao” (who also got smashed by Mike Kyle before that). Hendo also moved back up because he was dominated by Jake Shields at 185.

    GSP could probably move up too, and fight Anderson. Anderson still could fight Sonnen who had a great fight against him the first time. He could also go against whoever the SF champ is down the line.

    Plenty of matchups for Anderson where he is at.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    “Yes, because Silva is the only person to ever fight with an injury.”

    Name the last guy with a cracked rib who didn’t lose a decision or get completely destroyed? I’m not saying it’s never happened (despite the fact I can’t think of an example), but I’m saying that rib injuries are horrendously painful and the fact that Silva survived almost 25 minutes in a fight with one says to me that Sonnen is less of a threat than one would think.

    If you can’t finish a guy, from the top, when merely breathing hurts him, then I fail to see how a fight where both guys are in top shape would even closely resemble the first fight.

    Silva, with his normal mobility, will make Sonnen look 2nd tier — regardless of whether or not you think he deserves that sort of classification.

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  • Sykotick says:

    Vitor over Sonnets (T)KO in the 1st.
    Vitor over Stand (T)KO in the 2nd.
    Vitor over Silva (T)KO in the 3rd.

    Well a guy can dream can’t he??

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  • edub says:

    His mobility was fine. He was still getting whooped on his feet, and on the ground. The only reason he was able to sub Sonnen from the bottom is because he has an above average bottom game, and Sonnen has notoriously shotty submission defense. Another submission from the bottom is far more likely than Anderson turning Chael into a HL.

    “Name the last guy with a cracked rib who didn’t lose a decision or get completely destroyed? I’m not saying it’s never happened (despite the fact I can’t think of an example), but I’m saying that rib injuries are horrendously painful and the fact that Silva survived almost 25 minutes in a fight with one says to me that Sonnen is less of a threat than one would think.”

    See, that’s the thing, most top tier MMArtists don’t throw out there injuries in the public eye (so the fact that there is little information on it isn’t surprising). Rich Franklin beat up David Louiseau with multiple broken bones in both his legs and arms. He also KOd Chuck with one arm. GSP fought half blind against Jake Shields, and through a torn Hamstring against Alves (and none of these guys needed a hailmary ending to win their fight).

    Another fight between the two will resemble the first one, because of the styles they both present.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    My point exactly silva finished hendo and hendo is chasing better compition. Why dont silva.like jon jones hes to small to go up a level where he ll be dominated by bigger better compition.

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  • Creature says:

    “Hendo also moved back up because he was dominated by Jake Shields at 185.” Hendo was injured (his back i think) leading up to the fight and couldnt train properly. which made the cut much worse for him, he moved up not because he was dominated, but because he hated cutting weight

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  • edub says:

    If he would have KOd Shields in the first round, he’d still be fighting at 185. Whatever the “reason” Hendo lost to Jake was, that was what caused him to move back up.

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  • A broken Rib is a much more painful injury than a broken arm . You can ignore those when your not using them, when are you not using a rib?
    “his mobility was fine” Are you serious? did you watch the fight? His mobility was obviously hampered as he didnt flit around the way he usually does and he wasnt as quick with submissions of his back as he normally is.
    BTW GSP had a torn groin, you act as if Franklin had the broken arm in the Liddell fight for a long time…had he not landed that shot he’d’ve lost the fight. I knew franklin had a broken hand in the fight with the crow but i thought the ankle came in training.
    Back on the real point…can Vitor win a fight at 185 not against a guy on a losing streak before he starts talking about possible number one contender fights for himself?

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  • edub says:

    No I watched the fight. His mobility looked different, because Chael wasn’t letting him set into his normal tempo. He pressured him from the opening bell. Unlike pretty much ever single other fighter that Anderson has faced in his UFC career. Okami tried that same type of approach, but his takedowns simply aren’t on Sonnen’s level. That threat of the takedown isn’t going to simply go away because because his ribs are healed.

    Yes a broken rib is more painful than a broken arm (not by much). However, Anderson had cracked ribs. Nothing was floating, and certainly nothing was seperated.

    Franklin also had broken fingers and toes during the Loiseau fight. His ankle did happen in training, but it was a minor injury. It broke during the fight.

    To your last question: People get garbage title shots, and Vitor seems to want another one. I don’t mind that as much, as he’s openly campaigning for a fight only a few days after pulling out of the Cung Le bout.

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  • Creature says:

    If he had won of course he would have stayed.. hed have to defend his title.. But i dont think jake is the reason, i believe even if the fight was close and Jake had won by a BS dec and they offered Hendo an immediate remtach he still would have said no and moved up. Hes always been vocal about hating the weight cut, thats why his fight with franklin was at LHW

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    In other words belfoet dont deserve a title shot yet, anderson faces and destroys whoever and sonnens gonna wrestle his way to a win ulness stan lands a triangle or knocks him out.

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  • edub says:

    He’s been vocal, but every few fights at LHW he moves down again. He did after losing to Lil Nog and Arona, he did after losing to Rampage, he did after the close fight with Franklin, and he’s already talking about fight Anderson there again.

    I think it’d be a lot better if he just stayed at 205 (losses and bad performances be damned).

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  • crane_style says:

    I bet Vitor would like the winner of Sonnen/Stann, but I think who ever takes that one will get a crack at Silva.

    And all you Spider ‘huggers’ make me laugh. “He was fighting Chael with 2 broken ribs”. Ha!

    First of all, you can’t medical clearance to fight with broken ribs. It happened during the fight. One of Silva’s trainer even said so…

    “Anderson Silva suffered a rib injury in the first round of his bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.”
    According to Silva’s Jiu-Jitsu coach Ramon Lemos, after the first round Silva went back to his corner saying he broke a rib and that he could not take a deep breath.

    It wasn’t until later that the official version was changed. Silva is one of the best MMA fighters who has ever lived, so it’s kind of sad to see him (or his camp) making excuses.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    Non steroid Sonnen will not be able to grind out Vitor.

    Randy did it, Tito BARELY did it…

    Did you see the shots Sonnen was walking through against Silva? That cross and the elbow dropped him both times and he somehow kept on going…he was on straight up roid rage…

    Vitor is a pretty strong guy and pretty experienced on the ground. Randy had trouble taking him down…I really don’t think Sonnen can beat him.

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  • edub says:

    JCH- Sonnen is now cleared to use TRT. Just like Hendo and Duffee. He’ll be the same guy (whether he actually needs it or not).

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  • stone says:

    Chael beat Silva’s ass!…. A.Silva never got a chance to set up his stance, calibrate Chael’s reach with his little “feeler” jab, and get Chael’s speed timed….. Chael brought a pace, takedown offense and over-all aggresivness that Silva hadn’t seen in any other fight or blackhouse/steven segal sparring sessions…PERIOD!… Okami wasn’t ready, Marquardt wasn’t ready & godamnit Anderson Silva wasn’t ready for it either…. Chael’s style is A-S cryptonite. After he rapes Stann, I would like to see him beat another striker (maybe Le, Vitor or Bitchbing)…… I think Silva will dodge the Sonnen fight

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  • Dufresne says:

    How about Vitor gets the loser of Stann/Sonnen?

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  • Lord Faust says:

    First up, to the people flippantly yelling “fanboy!” and “nuthugger”, no one said BROKEN ribs; I said cracked; it’s a fact — it’s also different than broken. And, if you knew anything about that sort of injury, the “oh whatever, Chael beat his ass” talk would stop; most people can’t even jerk themselves off with broken ribs, let alone fight a trained athlete for 25 minutes.

    Did Chael look good in that fight; clearly, as we’re still debating it. Still, nothing changes the fact that Chael literally handed a wounded man a submission he’s too stubborn — or ignorant, or both — to defend, and tapped to it. Anyone making a case for Chael can just stop right there; he LOST, and embarrassingly so, as the decision was his to wait out. (That is what “grinders” do, right?)

    Chael’s testosterone levels were higher than allowed and, despite his claims of being “too macho for the UFC”, was still cheating. The upper limit for testosterone levels is still much higher than any normal human being should ever have; they obviously chose it to account for things like TRT, etc. So, regardless of whether his small-balls syndrome necessitated the use of TRT, Sonnen still was over the maximum; he was enhanced beyond what any normal human being would have. Colour it however you like, it still paints the picture of a cheater.

    Sonnen’s style is not “A-S kryptonite”; nor is it particularly clever. “Hrm, let’s see, he KOs heavyweights when he’s backing up, maybe I should take this to the ground”, holy crap someone better tell Greg Jackson there’s a new super-genius gameplaner out there!

    Just as Sonnen supporters think Silva fans are making excuses, you guys are doing the same thing. The difference is, excuses aside, Silva still has the belt, Sonnen has a loss on his record, as well as a suspension and a criminal record. I haven’t cared for Silva’s attitude throughout most of his UFC career but at least he’s earned the right — as much as one can — to be a bit of a jerk; Sonnen has done nothing to support his outlandish claims. He’ll probably get another shot, because even we’re still talking about it. Then, when he gets put down like a sick dog, we can stop wasting time talking about someone who would be better suited to the WWE or fighting Brazilians going through drug withdrawl; that is the only way he’ll ever hold a title belt.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Well, I guess I can explain some of this… Even I wrote “broken” when I meant cracked.

    An edit feature might stop some arguments! Haha.

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  • Sykotick says:

    Anyone who has not cracked a rib or broken one should just not comment on Silva’s performance vs chael.
    Yes a broken arm hurts, but there are positions of comfort that can be found with it, meaning you can find positions in which it doesn’t hurt.

    Break of crack a rib EVERYTHING hurts. Moving, reaching for stuff, BREATHING. You cough and you think your chest is collapsing, sneezing is murder, now YOU try and stuff a takedown or be explosive on your feet when the mere act of inhaling causes “Fuck-My-Life” pain.

    As for Franklin having a broken hand going into the fight with The Crow, do yourself a favor, reach it, his hand was fine going in, it wasnt till the end of the first round i think that Ace told his corner man (JG, Jorge Gurgel) his hand broke, and I think his exact words to Rich were “I don’t care”.

    Now, while talking about injuries, if Franklin broke a rib, he would be in better shape in a fight then Anderson for the reason that Ace is very stationary when fighting, he stands and bangs. He is like a heavyweight boxer. Very little foot work, straight forward kind of guy, minimal movement.
    Anderson on the other hand is constantly on the balls of his feet, bouncing pressure from leg to leg, very explosive in his attacks and normally before a fighter explodes forward, they take a big breathe and (as stated above) that sucks with a cracked or broken rib or ribs.

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  • Creature says:

    I remember before the sonnen fight, no one wanted to see silva fight anybody at MW cause he beat everyone, There was no hype or excitement for it. Then Chael came along and completely changed that, now people cant stop talking about the MW division. The guy is very clever and knows how to hype a fight better than anyone. Hes also beaten some tough names, He also put a beating on Silva, cracked ribs no cracked ribs.. whatever he still did it. Fact is the only proof the injury wasnt caused during or before the fight, or was even real at all. Was from Silvas word. Silva got his ass handed to him and at the end of the fight he tried making an excuse as to why he looked like crap and was trying to save his rep. Yes he won fair and square, He is still the champ. Yes Chail Fails at Triangle defense. Yes he had “high” testosterone leves, even though they werent as sky high has some think (as said in the hearing with the NSAC” Also different states have different acceptance levels. But none of this changes the fact chael made him look like a joke up until the very end, So yes he has done things to support his claims.

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  • Creature says:

    fighters go into fights with injuries all the time.. Tito went into a fight with a fractured skull, Forrest has fought with broken bones and a dislocated jaw before, Nog fought after recently being released from the hospital. Thing is, if the injury is bad enough to weaken your performance so harshly, then dont fight with it period. If you do choose to, dont make excuses as to why you looked like shit especially right after the fight is over. Its your own fault for making a ridiculous decision. Silva’s TDD has always been his biggest weakness, Chael is a monster wrestler, if he actually decided to work on his triangle defense after getting subbed by it for like the 4th or 5th time. He wins, the fight will go just as it did before, but without Chael catching silva off gaurd and rocking him, and all the shock and awe we were all in as we watched him dominate a man who had never been dominated

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  • crane_style says:

    You might have only said “cracked” Lord Faust, but others said broken.

    And the decision to blame the injury on a training, instead of admitting the Chael hurt Silva, is quite clever, but also very cynical….

    Which sounds better?

    Silva was not at his best because of a training injury, and even though most mortals wouldn’t have even got int the ring, Anderson wanted to give his fans a show/prove how tough he is/shut up Chael, etc etc. Not able to fight his normal unbeatable style, Silva still managed to overcome incredible odds and prove he has the heart of a champion buy pulling off the win.

    or…

    Silva got caught early by a hard body shot that made it hard for him to move. Chael took advantage of the injury he caused to Anderson by pummeling him for 4 rounds, like no one else ever has. But then, with victory in sight, Sonnen got sloppy and Silva submitted him.

    Athletes that are as successful as Anderson have a big entourage of lawyers, PR and trainers, who all get a ride on the gravy train. They want to keep the image of their ‘property’ as polished as possible because it means more gravy.

    So I can understand them try to protect/hype their clients and his fights. It’s their job.

    But when the hype turns into total BS…like “the ribs were broken in training” or Silva wasn’t running away from Maia for two rounds, he was “punishing him for being “disrespectful”…you don’t have to buy into it.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Am I the only one that thinks Stann isn’t yet deserving of a title shot if he beats sonnen?

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  • edub says:

    Lord Faust- Your just not making any valid points anymore. Not everybody on here is yelling fan boy or nuthugger. The facts are that his own team talked about how the injury happened during the fight, and then came out to say how Anderson was injured going in after the fact. He still won, but he got beat up for four rounds by a guy who matches up very well with him. Nobody (who’s being rational) is calling Chael a genius for coming up with the gameplan. His style just lends itself to advantages where Anderson’s skill set is lacking.

    You can also be juvenile if you’d like and start talking about grinder’s in a negative light, but that changes nothing about Sonnen coming within minutes of stopping the streak.

    It’s also worth noting that everytime a rematch gets brought up Anderson openly shuns the idea. Not wanting to prove any lingering doubts wrong. Something which isn’t the case where fights like Rich Franklin, and dan Henderson are concerned.

    Sykostick- Rich Frankling fights almost nothing like a HW boxer. He’s not a come forward fighter at all either. His style actually resembles Anderson, but he is just much slower so it’s no where near as good. His footwork is exceptional for MMA, and fights with Tanner, Loiseau, and Quarry (among others) prove that.

    I also don’t know where you are coming from with saying “As for Franklin having a broken hand going into the fight with The Crow”… I’m the only one who brought up Frankin’s injury’s and I didn’t say a word about it happening before the fight.

    Dufresne- I wouldn’t mind that at all.

    Rece Rock- I can see that POV. But IMO a win over Leben while he was on a good streak, and a couple spots outside the top ten; a win over Santiago while he was a top 8 guy, and a win over Chael while he is the defacto #2 guy in the division would validate a title shot for him.

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  • Sykotick says:

    Lol rich Franklin has the same fighting style as Anderson?? Not! Franklin is not a muay thai fighter, nuff said

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  • edub says:

    … am I missing something? Was that supposed to be a serious statement?

    !!??!?

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  • stone says:

    We can all go back & forth with this Chael Sonnen vs Anderson Silva rematch but the fact is, Silva WILL dodge Chael…. Even if it means him moving up to LHW…. BOY!, it will be HILARIOUS when Chael is willing to fight Silva at 205! What would Silva do then? Chael was ready to fight Lyoto @ 205.

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