MMA "Rich Franklin's camp turned down the fight, they had no interest in fighting Fiho."

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  1. damiand

    damiand Proceed

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    Straight from Dana, discuss.
    Obviously the fight with Okami was chosen instead.
     
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    :rofl: Pussy move, but I dont blame him
     
  3. jmx2323

    jmx2323 OT Supporter

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    I dont doubt it, he is one of the larger names that will probably lose out becaue of this merger...he is not as good as people thought
     
  4. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    and on top of all the talent coming in he could still lose to Okami.
     
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    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

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    yeah, i read that too, but not sure how legit it is
     
  6. Bausk

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    Straight from Dana?
     
  7. jmx2323

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    exactly...is'nt he an underdog to okami as it is. too bad he never really got the big pay day.
     
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    err...i wasn't sure when i read it. it didn't give the source

    -The UFC offered Paulo Filho (14-0) the fight with Rich Franklin at UFC
    72 on 6/16/07. However Franklin's camp turned down the fight saying
    they had no interest in fighting Filho. The 2nd choice was Yushin Okami
    and Franklin's camp accepted the bout.
     
  9. Bausk

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    Honestly it was a good move for him to turn it down, give him a chance to get back on his A game. Not that I think he'll ever beat Filho.

    I wonder now if this was a part of the rant Filho made the other day... without mentioning Franklin by name. He was talking about the UFC protecting it's "Legendary" fighters.
     
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    if Franklin is able to regain the ability he had when he fought Quarry, Loiseau, etc. I wouldn't say that he would never beat Filho..Filho is a muscular guy but he is 5'8-9...Franklin is way bigger
     
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    i would assume so

    PRIDE did that because they care about the fighters' names more than anything. however, the UFC always makes their title holders put their belt on the line
     
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    filho is huge. i honestly don't know how he makes it to 185 either

    franklin supposedly fights at ~200-205. i'd guess filho isn't much lighter -- maybe 195-200
     
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    Franklin is going to get his shit pushed in regardless.
     
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    Kang and Franklin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Kang's straight punches > Franklin looping punches.

    But Kang would get controlled by Filho :hs:
     
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    Sad but I agree. :wtc:
     
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    Quarry is not really a huge name on Franklin's resume, at all. Honestly, I don't think Loiseau is either. Compared to the top Pride guys who will now be in the UFC anyways.

    But yeah I don't think there were many guys as big as Franklin in Pride. So atleast it'll be a new matchup for Franklin as well as all the guys coming in. Many of whom we've already seen fight each other.
     
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    I don't have a source other than Sherdog, but:

     
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    When Franklin beats some better opponents I'll give him all the credit he deserves. Until then I think he has all the talent and abilities, he just hasn't gotten it done against the top guys. Now he'll get the chance but not fighting Filho wasn't a step towards doing that. Getting smoked by Silva didn't help either.
     
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    Not really, his most notable win is against the pinata-era Ken Shamrock.
     
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    He beat Evan Tanner for the title. I don't see anyone else who has been in title contention.
     
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    Which is why the Silva loss hurt him more than anything. Filho has been a steamroller who was an injury away from winning the Grand Prix, and was/is in title contention.

    But that's just my opinion.
     
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    Like Franklins isn't thin. Filho doesn't have a TON of fights, but none the less has beat everyone he has faced, period. Lets not forget, 185 isn't even Silva's natural weight, for a LONG part of his career he fought well below that weight. He then came in and TOOLED one of the biggest MW in the game.
     
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    lets just say if lee murray didnt goto jail that man would be the ufc champ :)
     
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    Lee Murray is to be free on Monday!

    Supreme Court rejects British extradition’s request for alleged heist mastermind Lee Lamrani Ibrahim.


    RABAT - The Moroccan Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an extradition request for a man London says masterminded the largest robbery in British history, his lawyer said.

    The court ruled that Lee Lamrani Ibrahim Murray is a Moroccan citizen and that the law prevents nationals from being extradited to a country where they are accused of a crime, lawyer Issaoui Benmhili said.

    The court has ordered his release from jail, he said.

    Murray, who has a Moroccan father, holds dual Moroccan and British citizenship.

    British authorities accuse Murray of masterminding the theft of 53 million pounds (77 million euros, 104 million dollars) from a Securitas cash depot in Tonbridge, Kent, southeast England, in February 2006.

    The court held a hearing on Britain’s extradition request Wednesday. Murray told the court he wished to stay in Morocco.

    On Tuesday, Murray was sentenced in a separate case to serve eight months in a Moroccan jail. He and three other Britons were found guilty of drug use and possession and of assaulting a police officer by the Sale criminal court near Rabat.

    In addition to the eight-month sentence, Murray was ordered to pay a 10,000-dirham (900-euro, 1,180-dollar) fine. Because he was arrested on June 25, he will be eligible for release on Monday, his lawyer said.

    Murray was known in Britain as the martial arts cage fighter Lee "Lightning" Murray.
     

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