FRANKLIN REFLECTS ON FIGHT, SILVA'S 185 FUTURE

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6/15/09 9:43:53AM
Rich Franklin prepared to play the hit-and-run game with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99.

The former UFC middleweight champion said footwork was a key factor in avoiding the machine gun bursts of punches Silva is known for.

“We just decided that we were going to use a lot of footwork as much as we could and try to move around,” said Franklin following the fight. “The thing about Wanderlei is that he comes forward, and once his arms get started moving, he’s explosive and he’s dangerous.”

Silva did not look as explosive and dangerous against Franklin as in previous outings. It was rumored he had to make a 12-pound cut the day prior to make the 195-pound weight limit, and his energy seemed to wane in the middle of the fight. But his punching power had not left him.

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