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MacDonald: ‘Franklin is not a knockout puncher'

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ufc 68 jason mac donald says rich franklin is not a knockout puncher
Submission specialist Jason MacDonald feels that he matches up well with striker Rich Franklin on their feet, according to a recent FightNetwork.com article.

In addition, the Canadian middleweight feels that "Franklin's reputation as a knockout specialist has been greatly exaggerated."

Here's a snip from MacDonald:

"Franklin always looks to throw the big left and I know to be cautious of it but I don't think he is a knockout puncher. He caught Nate Quarry with a solid shot and knocked him out but if you look at his last ten fights that's his only knockout. I think my stand-up skills are on par with his. I've never really utilized my striking as much as I maybe should have. In a fight you always revert back to what you're comfortable with and what you're best at and for me that would be submissions and ground-and-pound."

For what it's worth, MacDonald's stand up looked shaky and slow in his most recent bout with Chris Leben. And while he only has one knockout to his credit in his last 12 fights, Franklin has stopped at least five of those with his fists.

On the flip side, in 25 careeer fights — 18 of which are wins — MacDonald has only ended one of them via technical knockout.

So, I'm not so sure what to make of this recent statement. Maybe after training with the uber exclusive Greg Jackson camp he has a newfound appreciation for his boxing skills.

Fortunately, it doesn't seem to have affected his gameplan for the fight.

Here's another snip:

"Rich is going to be anxious and come at me quickly. I'm going to catch him and submit him."

It's good to see a fighter stick with his bread and butter. However, in 22 fights Franklin has never been submitted.

Maybe that has something to do with all the striking chatter ...