No match for A. Silva as he dominates UFC


The Kickoff

October 22, 2007|By PRAMIT MOHAPATRA

Rich Franklin entered US Bank Arena to Guns n' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and sported orange-and-black trunks, both in homage to the Cincinnati Bengals teams of yesteryear. But it was Anderson Silva who did his own version of the Ickey Shuffle midway through the first round of their bout en route to yet another dominating victory over Franklin at UFC 77 on Saturday night.

In a fight that ended in remarkably similar fashion to their first bout about a year ago, Silva actually knocked Franklin out twice. One can argue that Franklin, a former math teacher, was "saved by the bell" when Silva dropped him to the canvas just as the first round ended. But the reality is that the one-minute intermission between rounds only prolonged the inevitable. Franklin was hurt when he came out for the start of the second round and it didn't take much for him to succumb to Silva's flurry of strikes to end the fight.

Silva proved again last night that he is a consummate professional. Possessing sublime all-around skills, the Brazilian entered the Octagon confident, calm and humble. After winning, he appeared almost apologetic for defeating the hometown boy in such devastating fashion. The two hugged as worthy competitors.

But that could not mask the fact that Silva has no true competitors in UFC's middleweight division.

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