Fight breakdown: Rich Franklin vs. Anderson Silva

Kevin Iole
Yahoo! Sports

CINCINNATI – The following chart compares Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin on a rating of 1 to 10 in several categories heading into their middleweight championship fight at UFC 77 Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena:





Keys to victory

SILVA’S KEYS

FRANKLIN'S KEYS

1. Stay standing: If he can keep the fight on his feet, Silva's power and quickness make him a solid favorite.

1. Ground work:. Franklin has a solid ground game and should take the first opportunity to hit the deck.

2. Work the clinch: Silva won the fight last time by besting Franklin in the clinch.

2. Double the jab: In the standup, Franklin can't allow Silva to fire at will. By doubling up on the jab, he can negate Silva's power and perhaps open something for himself.

3. Center it: Silva needs to keep the fight in the center of the ring and not allow himself to be trapped along the cage.

3. Use his kicks: Franklin needs to vary his attack and his powerful kicks are a significant weapon.


Rating the fighters

Comparison of champion Anderson Silva and challenger Rich Franklin.
on a rating of 1 to 10 in several categories:

CATEGORY

SILVA

FRANKLIN

IOLE’S SKINNY

Punching power

10

8

Silva may be the game's premier puncher.

Wrestling

7

7

Unlikely either man will be looking to wrestle.

Kicks

6

8

Franklin has the ability to hurt Silva with a kick.

Ground and
pound

9

9

Each is a splendid finisher.

Takedown
defense

9

7

Silva's got a terrific takedown defense.

Chin

8

8

Each possesses the power to knock the other out.

Submissions

9

9

Franklin will probably try to get it to the ground and go for a tapout.

Stamina

9

8

Franklin trained at a high altitude to prepare for a five-round battle.

Strength

9

9

Silva appeared stronger in the first fight.

Intangibles

10

8

Silva has the confidence of a decisive victor.

Total

86

81

Franklin has undoubtedly made significant adjustments, particularly in dealing with the clinch. But Silva is a terrifically well-rounded fighter. Figure him to win by TKO in the fourth.

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