Wow! I'm sure I wasn't the only one that was stunned to see Rich Franklin
get worked so hard on Saturday's UFC 64
. He had his middleweight belt on the line against Anderson Silva
, and Silva worked him over in short order. Franklin looked like an amateur who didn't know what to do. Silva threw him around like a ragdoll, working over his ribs before getting the TKO just 3 minutes into the 1st round, breaking Franklin's nose with a big knee from the Muay-Thai clinch. It'll be interesting to see what happens with him in the future after this poor showing. Makes one wonder if there wasn't something wrong with Franklin that he didn't want known before the fight took place.
On a related note, here's hoping that BJ Penn
gets a rubber match with Matt Hughes
. I've lost all respect for Hughes after seeing him fake the thumb in the eye injury in their last fight. Watch the incident frame-by-frame and you can see BJ's thumb is never anywhere near Matt's eye, and at best he took a knuckle or two on the surface of the eyelid. Definitely nothing to account for the show he put on when it happened. Guy's a goof, I agree with Matt Serra
's take on him. He's just a high-school jock in an adult body, never grew up. Penn was winning the fight in the first two rounds before he got hurt, by a large margin. Almost knocked Hughes out. Too bad he got hurt, Penn would've taken the belt, easily.