He's just expressing his respect for Rich Franklin because Rich Franklin treated him with respect as well. I personally am happy to hear him talking about Franklin as a possibly final opponent one day. There's got to be some old school guys that recognize mutual respect. I'm surprised so many are twisting his words regarding Franklin.
He's not afraid of any man, he simply doesn't think many young top fighters have paid their dues in the sport, GSP is the exception and the biggest win-win pay day. There is a big difference between paying your dues among your peers and earning your shot in the eyes of the organization.
While he may have thought it was feasible to cut the weight at one point, he obviously got a reality check regarding the 170 weight cut from experts.
Lets be real, no one other than Jon Jones is a bad match-up for Anderson. Unless you go up into mid-level heavy weights. Jones on paper may have more physical advantages over Anderson than vice versa. I like Weidman and really want to see him challenge the best in the world but his chances are not better than when Henderson and Chael fought the spider. Anderson's ground game is not a weakness. I do not think Weidman is better than Anderson on the ground. Yeah Weidman has some great bjj but he doesn't have better top control than Chael in terms of mma and his stand-up isn't better than Henderson. I see Anderson doing whatever he wants on his feet and if taken down he will get back up at will.
In terms of quantity and quality Anderson's record should speak for itself, he's no Jon Fitch, thats right eventually he accepts and destroys everyone we want him to fight and since he's almost always the older guy I don't think we should be making weak arguments about him stalling and ducking its ridiculous and plain to see at this point.
Last edited by mmawolverine; 03-01-2013 at 01:08 PM.