Originally Posted by dagreat1
The irrelevance of the PPV comment is not the comparison between the 2 headlining, it was the fact that Anthony made the comment that is was Rich's FIRST healining and was making the accusation that Rich broughtin more PPV than Hughes in Hughes' FIRST PPV headline and that is irrelevant and unfair as the sport has eveolved (the PPV accusation is not irrelevant whosoever however the basis that it is his FIRST headlining is irrelevant).
I certainly am a Hughes fan but that does not weigh heavily in my opinion that he is a better champion than Franklin, I base that solely upon performance and Hughes has held the belt longer and faced tougher competition.
Reagrding the bet yeah Franklin would have huge odds as he has A. Silva and Hughes has 2 world class fighters to contend with, I still think Hughes will beat them both however the chance that GSP or Penn beat Hughes is much more likely than Swick, Tanner, Nathan, etc. so if he gets by A. Silva he has a very good chance at holding the belt for a long time.
The only fighter who could compete with him and IMO would beat him is the 36 year old Hendo. It would be a war, Hendo can't be KO'ed, has a huge right hand, extremely dominant wrestling is is arguably the best condition athlete in MMA as he does not gas in fights (Franklin has great cardio as well so it would be a war).
Yea Hendo has GOOD cardio but certainly not the best condition by any means. Franklin could be argued to have that however. I've seen Hendo gassed before early in his career and recently and with his age it's not going to get better, yea Randy is an exception to the age rule. Hendo can be ko'd also, just because he hasn't doesn't mean he can't. He's been rocked before just used his wrestling or landed something of his own to save himself. Silva had him rocked a couple times if i remember correctly in a great fight. Franklin can KO Hendo, Hendo can KO Franklin. Hendo's wrestling is better, Franklin's submission game far superior to Hendo's. This is also the only person i see with a shot of beating Franklin but like someone else mentioned, Hendo's looked halfassed in some of his recent fights so i think because of age he'd lose. That's one of my top dream matches anyway to see right now.