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UFC 133: Rich Franklin turned down a fight against Alexander Gustafsson

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When Rich Franklin was taken off the UFC 133 fight card, it was widely believed the promotion was unable to find him a suitable replacement for the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the Aug. 6 pay-per-view (PPV) in Philadelphia.

Turns out he had a suitable replacement, he just didn't want to fight him, because he wasn't a "top name guy."

Ready to step in was Alexander Gustafsson, the 24-year-old prospect out of Alliance and Gladius MMA who's lost just once in his budding professional career. That defeat came at the hands of fellow rising contender Phil Davis back at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, a second round submission (anaconda choke).

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I can't blame Rich for turning it down. He had a lot more to lose than he did to gain by taking that fight.

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I think Alexander could have beat Franklin.

Could have just had Franklin vs Rashard. There's a top guy.

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Getting tired of seeing this. The UFC shouldn't give them a choice. If you lose, you lose. Don't be scared, homie.

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Posted by emfleek

I can't blame Rich for turning it down. He had a lot more to lose than he did to gain by taking that fight.



Agree, he had nothing to gain at all, and a lot to lose. Smart choice by Rich. Wait for a big name opponent and get back into it.

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Posted by FastKnockout

Getting tired of seeing this. The UFC shouldn't give them a choice. If you lose, you lose. Don't be scared, homie.



Doesnt make sense to give poor stylistic matchups and force top fighters to lose..... unless it's tito in that case I enjoy.

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Rich only has a couple of fights left and wants them to be against big names, and I think he''s earned that. It sucks as a fan to lose a big fight, but some guys earn a little power over their own careers and Rich is one of those guys IMO.

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Posted by cowcatcher

Rich only has a couple of fights left and wants them to be against big names, and I think he''s earned that. It sucks as a fan to lose a big fight, but some guys earn a little power over their own careers and Rich is one of those guys IMO.



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Rich should have stayed on the card for the fans who paid to watch him fight
Anyways their lose is my gain probably. I am still hoping he will land on
Denver card vs lil nog or davis

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Posted by prozacnation1978

Rich should have stayed on the card for the fans who paid to watch him fight
Anyways their lose is my gain probably. I am still hoping he will land on
Denver card vs lil nog or davis

I just wanna see Franklin fighting someone, I love watching him bang

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Posted by emfleek

I can't blame Rich for turning it down. He had a lot more to lose than he did to gain by taking that fight.




Gotta agree here and the last string of upsets doesnt make you want to give a hungry fighter a shot even if sure u can beat him...

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Posted by FastKnockout

Getting tired of seeing this. The UFC shouldn't give them a choice. If you lose, you lose. Don't be scared, homie.



Doesnt make sense to give poor stylistic matchups and force top fighters to lose..... unless it's tito in that case I enjoy.



That's just it. This is a professional sport, and fighters shouldn't be able to turn down a fight just because they have a disadvantage stylistically, or they think they have a chance to lose. If that's the case, then this sport is joke, because there's no reason behind it. Guys are fighting to prove they are the best fighters, but it doesn't make sense if they don't want to fight a guy who is given to them. You can't be the best while you pick and choose your fights. You can't earn a name for yourself if you don't fight fighters with a name, and it will be impossible to do if they turn down the fights because you in fact haven't earned a name for yourself. For all we know, this could be his coming out fight. If he was to beat Franklin convincingly, then he has a chance to earn a name for himself. Look at it this way, what if Cro Cop had turned down the fight with Gonzaga because he didn't have a "name"? Or if Werdum would've turned down Junior dos Santos? All these new guys have to start somewhere, and the veterans can't stay at the top forever.

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Posted by emfleek

I can't blame Rich for turning it down. He had a lot more to lose than he did to gain by taking that fight.



Rich Franklin will NOT be a titleholder/ challenger again.. idk why he thinks taking a bad fight is that big a detriment. Yeah he's a decent fighter.. but he's coming off a loss, and lets be honest.. the guy just needs to fight who is put in front of him

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Posted by Patchedup15


Posted by emfleek

I can't blame Rich for turning it down. He had a lot more to lose than he did to gain by taking that fight.



Rich Franklin will NOT be a titleholder/ challenger again.. idk why he thinks taking a bad fight is that big a detriment. Yeah he's a decent fighter.. but he's coming off a loss, and lets be honest.. the guy just needs to fight who is put in front of him



With all the times Frankling bailed Dana and the UFC out of jams, I think he's earned the right to fight what he considers meaningful fights considering he's likely towards the end of his career. I don't think Rich is even thinking of making a run for the title so if he just wants interesting fights against known opponents I say give them to him.

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I agree. Franklin is at the point where he has paid his dues. He has bailed them out a bunch, he should be able to say yes and no without having any issues. If he wants a big name, he should get a big name fight. Looking forward to seeing him fight again soon, he is fun to cheer for because he is like a good guy in a movie....if that makes sense.

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