Originally Posted by logrus
Pride Wande is dead, hes gone and there ain't no coming back. Rich takes Wande to school.
The part about Franklin beating Wand is certainly a possibility, but I don't think the competitor in Wand is dead. Yeah, Wanderlei may never be a champion again, but he's capable of beating anyone on any given night and I really believe that. One thing that seperates him from someone like Chuck (another guy possibly out of his prime) is fear, to me chuck looked scared his last couple fights, he looked tentative. Wand on the other hand doesn't care, he doesn't have that fear and if he does he's able to ignore it, and that will always make him a dangerous opponent to anyone.
IMO, Franklin is a good (not great) fighter and yeah he comes into fights with some decent gameplans but he's limited in what he can do. He has ok power, ok boxing/footwork, ok wrestling, and great cardio. So, how will he win? I don't think he can stop Wanderlei, his last KO was 3 years ago, hell he couldn't stop lutter who was flatfooted and sticking his unguarded chin way up in the air. I thinik a decision victory for Rich is even less likely.
Honestly, I'm not picking Wand because I'm a fan of his, I'm picking him because I think his bullrush style will jam up Franklin.