UFC Quick Quote: Rich Franklin wasn't a big believer in Chris Weidman

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Then came a pair of devastating wins over Anderson Silva and well, it sounds like Franklin is boarding the "All American" Express. Choo! Choo!

"I tell you what, I wasn't a big Weidman believer at first, but looking at the second Anderson Silva fight, he looked great and had a solid gameplan. Lyoto & Anderson have this great ability to elude punches and draw you into their game. Lyoto is obviously a bit different than Anderson and he is a bigger fighter, and size hasn't played a big role in the Anderson fights, but I like how Weidman matches up with Lyoto. He is very patient as a fighter and I think that if there is any fighter out there who can knock a hole into Lyoto's game, it would be Chris. I think we are still at a stage of Chris Weidman's game, where we are seeing what his strategy is going in for fights. Obviously, he would try and take Machida down, but with Anderson he wasn't shy about standing up either, so honestly I don't know where the fight would end up being, but it should be a good exciting fight."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder-turned ONE FC apprentice Rich Franklin was obliterated by Anderson Silva, first at UFC 64 and then again at UFC 77. So you can understand how hard it must be for "Ace" to sit idly by while a young up-and-coming phenom like Chris Weidman comes along and squishes "The Spider" -- and makes it look easy in the process. In fact, Franklin tells Last Word on Sports he wasn't a big believer in Weidman -- at least at first -- but it was hard to deny the "All American" his props after watching his banner year in 2013. But can he do likewise against Lyoto Machida this Saturday night (July 5, 2014) in the main event of UFC 175? We'll know soon enough...

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