Dead man walking!
This is like unearthing a time capsule. Anderson Silva is not the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion, Randy Couture is doing color commentary and Rich Franklin is a bigger draw than "The Spider."
My, how times have changed.
This Saturday night (July 6, 2013), Silva will defend his 185-pound title for a record twelfth time when he faces Chris Weidman in the UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (results).
To help promote their Fourth of July Weekend brouhaha, the promotion has released one of Silva's greatest hits in its entirety, a first-round ass-kicking of Franklin at UFC 64 way back in October of 2006. The Brazilian was just 31 years old and had a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record of 16-4.
"Ace" was 22-1 and just a year older than his challenger.
Unfortunately for Franklin (and his nose), the fight was never even close. Silva put on a Muay Thai clinic and battered the former math teacher from pillar to post, walking out of "Sin City" the new division champion and nearly seven years later, not much has changed.
"The Spider" is still the man to beat.
That's something that may or may not change this weekend, but looking back at the way he starched Franklin with such ease -- and then again in their rematch at UFC 77 -- it's pretty evident that in his prime, Silva was head and shoulders above his competition at 185 pounds.
But for how much longer?