I've always given Franklin as much respect as I give any top fighter. He's among the best in the sport today in any weight class. He's in my P4P top 10 everytime we do the list. He's the man.
And as far as Frank Shamrock beating Rich Franklin, no I don't think so. Frank in his prime had trouble with Ortiz before he got as good as he became. Franklin is much bigger than Frank, even though they both fight at 185, and is way too well rounded for Frank to try and deal with after his long lay off, and even longer time since he's fought anyone credible. Cesar Gracie and Bryan Pardoe don't prove much. Frank in his day was the man, but was so Ken and Royce and all these other guys who are being battered by today's generation.