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Breaking: Franklin vs. Hamill, Dollaway vs. Taylor


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MMA Rated is reporting that Rich Franklin will move to light-heavyweight to take on Matt Hamill at UFC 88 (September 6th, Atlanta). Franklin spent much of his early career as a 205-pounder, before moving to middleweight in June 2005 when he took the UFC’s 185-pound strap from Evan Tanner. As for the matchup, there’s no danger of Franklin being torn apart by Hamill, Anderson Silva-style, but he’d better start drilling his takedown defense if he wants to avoid being laid on for 15 minutes by the hulking wrestler. And speaking of avoidance, how’s this for self-ownage — Franklin moving up in weight because he’s tired of bashing his face against Anderson Silva’s knees, while Silva is testing the waters at 205 because he cleared out the middleweight division. No matter where Ace goes, Spider is right there waiting, making sure he never gets another belt in his life. Poor guy.

In other news, we previously passed along a rumor that Jesse Taylor and CB Dollaway would fight at UFC Fight Night 14 (July 19th, Las Vegas), and multiple sources are now confirming the matchup. It feels a little premature for both fighters. Dollaway, who would be fighting just four weeks after his loss to Amir Sadollah at the TUF 7 finale, could use more time to cultivate his submission defense, and who knows if Jesse Taylor’s brief stint in AA and a couple months of groveling for Dana White has actually turned him into a stable human being. But it’s the matchup that fans of the show want to see, and it’s happening, whether they’re ready or not.

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Random B- August 19, 2008 at 2:18 am
1.) Probably not a good match up experience wise for Hamill... love to watch that guy fight but if it weren't for the "invincible" Spider... Franklin would be the man no doubt.
2.) Taylor = Boring = necktied to death we've seen it... rematch with amirx3 = CB win 100% please bet me on this one.
fr- August 11, 2008 at 2:22 pm
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Ryan B- July 2, 2008 at 12:44 pm
My brother and I loyaly call CB Dollaway by the name Launchpad McQuack. Awesome.
Justme- July 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm
Mongo vs launchpad Mcquack is going to be boring.
15 minutes of two wrestlers wallowing on top of each and stalling Oh and hammer fists. Why not just throw Koscheck in there too and have the most BORING match in UFC. What I don't get is why great wrestlers like Hamill, who are so great at putting you on the ground, learn Ju jitsu. You would think it goes hand in hand. That's what was great about Matt Hughes he'll put you on the ground and instead of laying there for 15 min. he would try to rip you arm off.
Plain old Kevin- July 1, 2008 at 4:36 pm
Well Matt has 4 wins and 1 loss which should have been a win. He is undefeated in my eyes. Of his four wins he has 3 TKOs so that does not exactly sound like a guy who likes to LnP IMO. Know you shit before you talk your shit.

As for Taylor... he sucks.
Ryan B- July 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Matt Hamill is a complete waste. Another ghey wrestler who can ground, but not pound. More like Dorothy Hamill.

The only thing Jesse Taylor should get a shot at is not pissing himself on TV. I would tell my kids to stay the hell away from his leparacy-infested kids.
Hattori Hanzo Gracie- July 1, 2008 at 2:24 pm
Rich Franklin at 185lb. is huge but at 205 lb he won't have the same strength advantage. It'll be interesting to see if he can avoid takedowns but something tells me Hamill thinks hes a boxer.
rolltide- July 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm
I don't think Hamill is the best matchup for Franklin at 205. Hamill should overpower him and take him down at will imo.
douchebaggery- July 1, 2008 at 1:05 pm
Hamill vs Rich is a great fight. I'm excited for it. Rich is the more technical striker and is he keeps distance could outpoint Matt or if Matt gases in the third it could be ref stoppage. Rich also has better jj. Hamill is butt strong, great chin and an obvious monster on the mat. if he can wear Rich out he can mnb(maul and brawl) him.
hate to watch Hamill lose though.
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