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12/20/10 1:03 PM
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“The first fight where I ever really got injured was the Jorge Rivera fight. I just remember that he and I traded back and forth and I got caught with quite a few punches and was bleeding. That was the first fight that I was really sore afterward. Most of my fights before that I managed to win easily and without taking any damage. When I went back to my hotel, I was like, ‘Wow, this is what fighting is really like.’”

“The Loiseau fight was tough because it was really the first time I had broken anything.

"Getting my nose broken in the Silva fight was tough because, even though getting the nose broken isn’t that painful, getting it set back in the locker room is slightly more painful. My septum was deviated and I had to have surgery on my nose.

'You can’t breath, so for a week I couldn’t taste my food because I couldn’t smell it, I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t breath properly, and I could only breath in and out of my mouth.”

“I was breathing out of my mouth so much that my lips had become so chapped that they were cracked and bleeding. At night I would put Vaseline on the bottom of my nose and on my lips and I would stick tissues to my lips so I could breath warm air underneath the tissue to keep my lips from cracking."

“The Henderson fight was bad because I got poked in the eye and I had never had an eye injury before."

“There was a time where I thought the vision in that eye would be affected for the rest of my life. That was really scary for a person like myself because I’ve always had great vision."

"On top of that, I got head butted twice in that fight and had to get stitches in two different places in my head. One of the worst things was, I threw so many left-leg power kicks to the body, and I was catching his elbow and his forearm—I think I ended up breaking several of his ribs—but my leg had taken so much punishment from throwing the kicks. You typically don’t feel pain until 15-20 minutes after the fight, and I remember when walking out of the Octagon in that fight, the pain had already started to set in, so I knew it was going to be really bad. I had trouble walking for nearly two weeks.”

" I was asked by a fan once, ‘Dude, where are you going to party after the fight?’ I looked at him and said, ‘Probably the E.R.’ That’s where I spend most of my after parties. Even when I win a fight—like the Chuck Liddell fight—I still spend the evening in the hospital.”

“When things like the eye gouge happen, which really changed the shape of that eye, you start to think about what you would do if you lost your vision. I would never be able to fight again."

“All it takes is one moment in this sport for all of that to be taken away from you, so those thoughts do creep into my head sometimes.”

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12/20/10 1:05 PM
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Always will be a big fan of Rich.

I loved math in high school.
12/20/10 1:08 PM
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Sometimes I barely touch the tip of my nose with my finger and realize how sensitive it is. Then I think of somebody blasting an elbow or knee straight up into it as hard as they can. Then I appreciate that I don't fight.
12/20/10 1:08 PM
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Rich is a class act and tough guy.
12/20/10 1:32 PM
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Anarkis2 - Is he out with an injury or something?


Ye the broken arm vs. Chuck
12/20/10 1:37 PM
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I root for all former UC Bearcats.
12/20/10 1:38 PM
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Out? He's scheduled to fight Griffin, no?
12/20/10 1:58 PM
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12/20/10 3:10 PM
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 Hes going to fight him @ 126, but he did break his arm against Chuck. Hes fine now. Franklin is a tough SOB
12/20/10 4:02 PM
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Franklin is a great ambassador for the sport. Hope he walks through Forrest. Phone Post
12/20/10 4:10 PM
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franklin fights anyone, even on short notice.
12/20/10 4:18 PM
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Rich is awesome.........
12/20/10 4:24 PM
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"The first fight where I ever really got injured was the Jorge Rivera fight. I just remember that he and I traded back and forth and I got caught with quite a few punches and was bleeding. That was the first fight that I was really sore afterward. Most of my fights before that I managed to win easily and without taking any damage. When I went back to my hotel, I was like, 'Wow, this is what fighting is really like.'"


Pretty interesting. How good is cutting weight like that for the bones? I honestly thought that there was no way Rich would make it to the ring when he was cutting for the Rivera fight, he couldn't walk or anything before the weighins and he looked more like a zombie than I ever thought possible without prosthetic makeup.
12/20/10 4:26 PM
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Rich Franklin. Will always be a fan. Great guy and great fighter. Phone Post
12/20/10 4:32 PM
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 Ace is the man. i'll be rooting for him against forrest.
12/20/10 4:34 PM
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In the Hendo fight, he got eyepoked, headbutted, and kicked in the junk; Sometimes I feel like he gets overlooked, when people talk about really tough fighters.

Big fan of Franklin.  I hope he has a great showing against Griffin.  

12/20/10 6:01 PM
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Rich has won multiple fights by fighting through broken bones. He's as tough as they come.
12/20/10 6:57 PM
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Rich is the man. This is just more proof...
12/20/10 7:26 PM
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Rich is a gentleman and a scholar. For reasons unbeknownst to me people incorrectly view his place in MMA history. If it wasn't for that maven Anderson Silva, I think there is a good chance he might still be champ.

He will go down as my all time favorite fighter, not only for his performances in the cage, but also because of the humble, respectful way he carries himself outside it.
12/20/10 7:45 PM
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People on here are correct RE: Franklin's toughness. IMO it was a mistake for him to try 185 in the first place but they didn't want him to compete with Chuck at the time.
12/20/10 8:03 PM
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Dongbar - Rich is a gentleman and a scholar. For reasons unbeknownst to me people incorrectly view his place in MMA history. If it wasn't for that maven Anderson Silva, I think there is a good chance he might still be champ.

He will go down as my all time favorite fighter, not only for his performances in the cage, but also because of the humble, respectful way he carries himself outside it.


you said maven.

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12/20/10 11:14 PM
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Franklin is awesome, great to hear his candid thoughts on some of his fights.
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Rich Franklin......is there anything not to like about the guy?

Good interview.

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