Well, I don't know what YOU thought, but I didn't think he had much of a chance against Rich Franklin. Before that time, it seemed like the highly-regarded fighters from other promotions that made the transition to the UFC didn't usually fare too well. He had just the one fight in the UFC and he beat the snot out of Chris Leben, who I had followed since the first season of TUF. I thought Chris Leven was going to win that one, but he clearly didn't. I still didn't have a good idea about who Anderson was going into the Franklin fight, though.
It seemed sorta' even, at first. Eventually, Anderson Silva caught Franklin in a Muay Thai plum, and I chalked it up to his Rich's failure to deal with it due to the heat of the moment.
I kept underestimating "The Spider" like that. This went on for a while.
I wonder what Anderson thought about the moment that he won the belt. I mean, he couldn't tell the future any more than any of us. I'm sure he had big dreams, as do we all, but there's no way he could have foretold the future. There's no way he could have known that he would become known as the greatest fighter in the world. There's no way he could have known that he was going to win his next 16 fights; that he was going to have 10 successful title defenses.
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