Franklin on one last run for 205 lb. title


Speaking exclusively with on Thursday afternoon, Rich Franklin  revealed that his days as a middleweight in the UFC are likely numbered and that he is planning on making the best of his new permanent home at light heavyweight by working towards a title shot in his final five fights on his contract.

According to the former UFC middleweight champ, the decision to abandon the weight class he once reigned over in the Octagon was not entirely a personal one.

"The UFC has repeatedly told me that they aren't interested in seeing me fight at 185 any more. Because of that, I moved up to 205. It all comes down to the fact that they didn't want to do a Franklin-Silva III," Franklin explains. "I'm a 'never say never' type of guy, but the problem is that if the UFC doesn't want to see me do a title match at 185,  ultimately I would be stuck fighting in that weight class without ever being able to fight for a title again, which would make no sense since that is the whole reason we do this and the goal we work towards as fighters."

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inf0 site profile image  

4/23/10 9:15 PM by inf0

 Hi Rich.

100Percent site profile image  

4/23/10 9:10 PM by 100Percent

Franklin is one of my favorite fighters, but he's never going to wear a belt again - in any weight class.

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4/23/10 11:06 AM by Wade Hampel

Franklin has a good chance

MNFAN site profile image  

4/23/10 10:26 AM by MNFAN

No matter what happens in Chuck/Rich and Forrest/Lil' Nog, the absolute next fight has to be Rich/Forrest.

xMMAx site profile image  

4/23/10 3:10 AM by xMMAx

Silva vs Franklin 205! Haha that'll never happen, but yeah, hope Franklin does well at 205.

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4/23/10 3:00 AM by goldleader

This sort of title fight reasoning is why the UFC being it's own regulated product sucks. So basically, no matter who Franklin beats at 185, maybe even 10 in row, he's not getting a title shot. At least in boxing you have more chance of repeated title shots.


4/23/10 2:50 AM by K-Dub-"T"

 195! Make it happen for him!!!

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4/23/10 2:47 AM by Gullivers Travels

I thought I read the opposite, that he wanted to retire at the end of this contract, which would likely span the next two years or so. If he made it to the title, however, I'm sure he'd sign another.

inf0 site profile image  

4/23/10 2:46 AM by inf0

here's a video rendition of Franklin's run for the title;

inf0 site profile image  

4/23/10 2:43 AM by inf0

Thiago KO's him.. soooo um.. wat