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UFC 77: Post-show news & views – Franklin could retire; Sylvia not a lock for title shot; Couture to hold press conference in Vegas; and more!

On, Alex Marvez has a UFC 77 recap available that reveals several interesting news items. I wanted to take a few minutes to go over some of the news items that Marvez is reporting and give my thoughts on each one using the same format that a lot of fantasy sports websites use.

News: Rich Franklin suffered a broken nose during last night’s loss to Anderson Silva and is believed to be considering retirement.

Views: This isn’t too hard to believe. Franklin’s path to the title is road blocked as long as Silva is wearing the belt. However, I think Franklin is too young to retire. I have no idea about his personal wealth but if there’s still good money to be made in fighting, why would you completely walk away?

Franklin has taken extended breaks from MMA in the past due to injuries and I think another extended break appears likely. He should take a step back and wait for the landscape in the middleweight division to change before making his next comeback.

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  • Jeremy says:

    I can’t see anything real important coming out of this press conference. Besides Randy again clarifying his stance on things for a public that may not be sure what’s going on.

    I wonder if ESPN will at all carry anything from this press conference, that might make it a little more interesting as ESPN reaches a far wider audience then internet MMA sites.

  • LR says:


    I did a little research a while back on appeals and involving Sean Sherk’s case. Kizer also did an interesting number of interviews around the time of the appeal. Sherk is pretty screwed. Even if he proves the supplements were tainted, Kizer had stated in an interview on TAGGRadio that the suspension will still stand, or may be reduced very little, but he will still be suspended. It is the perogative of the fighter to test his supplements at an independent test facility apparently. It would clear Sherk’s name if he could prove his supplements were tainted, but he’ll be suspended.

    Would Dana still strip the title then? He would certainly be pissing off Penn if he lets Sherk retain the title.

  • LR says:

    Forgot to add,

    Kizer is in the NSAC, so who knows, the CSAC may do it differently, especially after some of the amazing reductions they’ve done in the past.

  • Zack says:

    That was a C card at best – probably a D. I’m pretty much a UFC nuthugger, but the card was really, really boring. There was a strange feeling to the whole telecast – the crowd seemed to have no energy, like they were drained from working themselves up for Rich. The Belcher/Starnes doctor stoppage really seemed to kill any energy the night had.

    I thought the exact same thing about Vera – he looked like he was going to copy Randy’s clinch/dirty box strategy that he used with Gonzaga, but it never paid off.

    Silva is a beautiful fighter – so precise. I think he may have held back in the first round to let the fight go on longer and put a show on. The close-ups of Rich’s eyes made it look like he had seen a UFO or a Yeti.


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