Franklin - Okami confirmed.

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Stickan
5/8/07 1:00:43PM
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This will make a great fight and I'm really not sure on who to pick here.
Gladiator
5/8/07 1:13:08PM
this will be a much better fight IMO. thanx for posting.
richieb19
5/8/07 1:29:06PM
Wow thats great! I think Okami would have been a better fight from the start, and it's probably for the better that Kampmann gets to avoid this fight for now, hes super talented but I'd hate to see him beat before he gets himself built up some more...
cowcatcher
5/8/07 1:33:41PM
this is IMO a better matchup and makes picking a winner much tougher....i like kampmann, but i see okami as a fighter thats more ready for main event competition right now, should be a good one
AchillesHeel
5/8/07 1:57:54PM
Buddharox
5/8/07 2:00:49PM
Yesssssssss, this was a match up I've wanted for a long time.

Hopefully the reffing/judging will be fair for Okami.
pv3Hpv3p
5/8/07 2:31:31PM
This is great... No offense to Kampmann, but it didn't seem like he was ready for that big a step up in opponents... After watching Okami manhandle Swick, I was really hoping this fight was going to happen... I'm glad Yushin is getting his chance, should be a great fight and I think we might get to see what happens when Rich has to fight off his back...
skiba97
5/8/07 2:50:38PM
I think martin was a more risky fight for rich, becouse of his striking. Okamis wins in the ufc at least have mostly been becouse of his stregnth, and i dont think hes going to have a huge advantage their against rich. He wont beable to take rich down with ease then just pin him down and rain shots like he did against swick and starnes. Ive got rich by tko in the 3rd.
Rush
5/8/07 2:54:55PM
It should be a great fight.
mkiv9secsupra
5/8/07 3:05:00PM
this is a much better fight for franklin stylewise, i think. okami is a good GnP'er but his stand up isnt so good. Beating swick is one thing but franklin has much better grappling and hits harder. Okami isnt going to come in and take rich down and keep him there. that said, this is still going to be much more entertaining than franklin/kampmann.
tepid55
5/8/07 6:12:37PM
Franklin is going to get crushed.
skiba97
5/8/07 6:45:51PM

Posted by tepid55

Franklin is going to get crushed.




Want to wager on that?
kerazzle
5/8/07 6:46:17PM
this is a pretty even looking fight. Okami is deceptively powerful, he can really hit hard so i could see that takin Rich out of his game, possibly ending in a UD for Okami or a 3rd round stoppage. If Franklin is game and plays smart he could pull off a K.O I think.
xchickox
5/8/07 6:51:43PM
this is gonna be an awesome fight and its gonna prove whether rich is back to his best, i think rich will take it by ko in second round after a close first round
johny_rotten
5/8/07 7:48:11PM
This is definitely the fight that should have been signed to begin with. Martin is super talented, but a little green to be in there with a guy who is as talented and experienced as Franklin. There will be no question who is the #1 contender after this match.

This is a tricky one to call. Okami is much better on the ground than Rich, but Rich has an advantage standing up. I think the differince may be conditioning. Okami gassed early in the 3rd against Swick, and Rich has proven he can go threw a 5 round war.
jdubs
5/8/07 8:01:33PM
rich just cant hang with okami
Ultimate_fighter
5/8/07 8:40:25PM
Thats awesome, Okami is good, i was expecting someone else, but this is great too. I'm betting Franklin 2nd/3rd round KO
mkiv9secsupra
5/8/07 10:50:56PM

Posted by jdubs

rich just cant hang with okami



i wonder if jdubs likes okami.....????
PeteD
5/8/07 11:11:16PM
Okami vs. Franklin is, IMO, going to be a much better fight than Franklin Vs. Kampmann. This fight and Griffin Vs. Ramirez saved this card.
Lay_N_Pray
5/9/07 1:00:53PM
This is a great fight for sure and there is no way this one is going to the judges...someone is going to get knocked out and I am going say Okami will be the one to eat the dust.

Okami could definitely beat Franklin but he doesnt have good standup defense and that is the one weakness that Franklin will be able to exploit I think. Franklin also has a great sprawl and Okami will really have to work for a takedown.
tepid55
5/9/07 1:28:37PM
I think Franklin's only chance to win is a KO.
JBatch
5/9/07 2:38:32PM
This is such a good match-up Okami will take Rich the distance so we will see who comes out the victor because this one is a toss up.

The only other fight I was looking forward to is off as Paul Taylor is out with an injury and now Marcus Davis is fighting a guy making his UFC debut. (Jason Tan I think)

I am also pissed that ufcjunkie has reported the this card may not be on Spike anymore but on PPV at a reduced cost $39.99. That is garbage as this card does not warrant PPV status but we get two Spike free shows UFN 10 and the TUF finale and I watch PPV's at te bar so I shouldn't be so disgruntled.
poll77
5/9/07 10:55:24PM

Posted by skiba97


Posted by tepid55

Franklin is going to get crushed.




Want to wager on that?



i was just going to say that
wkm311
5/10/07 7:43:06AM
I am looking forward to this fight. Kampmann has talent, but as stated already, he doesnt have the experience to face a top fighter in Rich Franklin. Having said that, I have to go with Rich. He is the better fighter and Okami will not have the strength advantage going into this fight as he did against Swick.
Stickan
5/10/07 1:46:40PM
I'm surprised more people aren't giving Okami a shot. He's strong, has got good head movement and is definately better than Franklin on the ground.
d_block07
5/10/07 1:54:26PM

Posted by Stickan

I'm surprised more people aren't giving Okami a shot. He's strong, has got good head movement and is definately better than Franklin on the ground.



werent ppl saying that about Jason Mcdonald
pv3Hpv3p
5/10/07 2:23:23PM

Posted by d_block07


Posted by Stickan

I'm surprised more people aren't giving Okami a shot. He's strong, has got good head movement and is definately better than Franklin on the ground.



werent ppl saying that about Jason Mcdonald



J-Mac was more of a sub specialist, while Okami is a GnPer... There's some difference there I think... Were MacDonald would be comfortable on his back using his guard. Okami will try to get the TD and control Rich from the top position and pound him out... IMO it's a different sort of ground game...

Although, that was probably what Tanner planned to do originally and that didn't work out so well... But meh...

I figure Rich will take it using the clinch
kaduey
5/18/07 2:08:33PM

Posted by tepid55

Franklin is going to get crushed.



How do you think Okami can crush Franklin? Okami will try to take to the ground and Rich has excellent wrestling. Okami doesn't have the tools to beat Rich Franklin. Ace will be the middleweight champ again. Guaranteed!
tepid55
5/18/07 3:04:42PM
Okami can take Franklin down whenever he wants. Rich can't stop Okami's
clinch attack.
skiba97
5/18/07 3:24:05PM

Posted by tepid55

Okami can take Franklin down whenever he wants. Rich can't stop Okami's
clinch attack.




Its just as easy to turn around and say rich can punch okami in the face whenever he wants. Rich is actaully pretty good in the clinch, anderson is possibly the best middleweight in the world from the clinch so just becouse rich got dominated by him in it doesnt mean everybody else is going to beable to do the same thing.
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