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Rich Franklin on Gatekeeping, Eating, and Hating

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From MMA Stomping Grounds via Fightline:

I was talking to the UFC after the second [Anderson] Silva loss and they encouraged me to move up to 205. They told me my position there would be more appealing to them from a business perspective. They weren’t interested in a third match between me and Silva and they didn’t want me fighting contenders because I could eliminate possible title fights, so I was stuck in that I was going to be fighting people on the back end of their losses to Silva and I didn’t care for that gatekeeper position. After the Travis Lutter fight, I said I would try my hand at 205 again…

I think I gotta be quick on my feet [against Matt Hamill]. I’m giving up some weight so he might be giving up some speed. I need to use my footwork to confuse him and stick and move and stick and move and avoid takedowns. Once he does take me down, I can’t let him lay on top of me. I need to stay active on the ground.


“At first when I started training for this fight, I was putting on weight, and everything was fine. But when I started getting down to the nitty-gritty of the fight and hitting all my two-a-days and double sessions as many times a week as I do, it’s difficult to make sure that you’re eating more than you’re burning constantly. My primary concern when I’m fighting at 185 is making weight. I meticulously weigh my food out and now when I weigh my food out, I’m doing it to make sure I’m eating enough food. It’s a completely, completely different process now.

I’ve put a little more red meat in my nutrition program…Come weigh-in day, I’ll have to cut four, maybe five pounds at the most. I’ll probably fight somewhere around 210 and I assume I’ll be giving up around half a dozen pounds to Matt. But that’s to be expected. Hopefully between each fight I can take some down time, not train as hard, focus on putting on some more muscle, and worry about drilling more rather than burning as many calories as I usually do, if I’m gonna make a home at 205.”

And also:

“Everybody has haters. I was watching (comedian) Katt Williams. He said Jesus only had 12 friends and he had a hater, and he (Jesus) was perfect. Judas threw him under the bus. So it doesn’t matter what you do in life, there are gonna be people who don’t like you.”

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skidding- September 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm
@ Zee German

That would be that greasy little guy groping and hugging him... wait, are we going in circles?
Zee German- September 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

That would be Jorge Gurgel.
Coolio- September 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm
He probably means that guy who was on the season of TUF when RF was the coach. (Rich's best buddy)
Joe- September 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm
"without that greasy little guy groping and hugging him" ... would that be grappling??? lol
Bozo- September 3, 2008 at 1:39 pm
Finally, a picture of Franklin without that greasy little guy groping and hugging him.
L Grant- September 3, 2008 at 1:30 pm
Obviously he didn't stay to fight Bisping and Hendo because the UFC won't let him fight Bisping for fear of losing a popular contender before his title match. I think the UFC probably wants Hendo to rematch with Anderson as well.

But, I would like to see Franklin vs Hendo.
ninja stick- September 3, 2008 at 12:48 pm
yeah i know i know i sound like a hater but come on the nose that f**king nose..
and can you see him in round two with any of the top 5 at 205???
be honest rampage, forest "the ice man" "the axe murderer" and the spider may well be moving and staying at 205... but if he stays put he may be crowned king again,even with that f**king hooter!!!!
Old, Bald and Irish- September 3, 2008 at 12:31 pm
@ ninja stick

...speaking of haters...
ninja stick- September 3, 2008 at 12:21 pm
is neo training this numty now? why move up tp get smashed up when you could of stayed put and fought hendo and bisbing?? you are a f**king turd that didnt throw the bombs like you should have done when you went in with the spider for the second time and now look at ya....... looking like JACKO with that f**king nose!!!
james- September 3, 2008 at 12:15 pm
Katt Williams's piece on haters to which Franklin refers to is here: