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Evans, Franklin Talk UFC 88

If there’s one thing I love in fighter interviews it’s passive-aggressive remarks. Anybody can go out there and talk smack about an opponent or openly question his heart and his skills. But subtlety is a lost art in this business, and it can go a long way. For a great example, check out “Sugar” Rashad Evans‘ remark about Liddell’s torn hamstring in this ESPN video. Says Evans, “at his age, injuries like that become harder to heal.”

Then he follows that up by saying he doesn’t expect it to be a big deal in the fight because Liddell is such a great fighter. I just really wish he would have added, “because, you know, Chuck’s sooooo experienced and has been fighting for soooo long, he can hobble his way through a fight with the best of them.”

After the jump check out Rich Franklin‘s breakdown of his upcoming fight with Matt Hamill. Does he expect to be able to avoid Hamill’s takedowns all night? He does not. At least he’s being realistic.

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Kadumel- August 19, 2008 at 4:50 pm
Yeah right Hammill is going to pound out Franklin and follow with a 2nd round submission
Matt Hamill- August 19, 2008 at 4:14 pm
Justin C- August 19, 2008 at 10:46 am
I totally agree with KP. I think Rich's experience will win the fight. The only way Matt can catch Rich is just that, an 'Anderson Silva like flurry', but very doubtful that will happen.
KP- August 19, 2008 at 5:21 am
Rich can win this fight if he plays the right game plan. He needs to box hamill and maintain a reasonable distance until Hamill is forced to be more desperate, this desperation will force Hamill to start telegraphing his takedowns and franklin might catch him with a knee or an upercut. Watch for Franklin to outsmart and outlast Hamill.