Rich Franklin couldn't care less who is next

by Jamie Penick | source:

"I've never gone to the UFC and asked for a specific fight. Never, in my career. They've offered me people and I just say yes," Franklin said. "As a matter of fact, I've only turned one person down in my entire fight career, and that's when I fought Matt Hamill. Before they offered me Matt Hamill, they offered me Reese Andy. I told them I didn't want to fight Reese because he had actually helped me get ready for my two fights prior to that when I was up training in Seattle, and he was basically one of my current training partners. So I said 'I'd really rather not fight him.'"

"Of course they came back with Matt Hamill. I knew Matt, and that wasn't the best either, but I kind of painted myself in a corner with that so I told the UFC, 'take it to Matt's camp and if they want the fight then I'll take the fight, but it's definitely not my second choice.' And that's exactly what happened."

"People ask me 'well who do you want to fight next?' I couldn't care less, this is a business to me; I'm making my way to the 205 lb. title at this point in time so as long as it's somebody that puts me in a direct line for that then I'm good to go, otherwise I don't want to waste my time."

"I'd be interested in taking any fight that they offered to me. Forrest and I, we're somewhat of friends, and I like him, I like hanging out with him, so of him and Machida I'd particularly want to try to avoid that one; but this is business. "I've done it before. Chuck was a friend of mine, Matt was a friend of mine, I have a good professional relationship with pretty much everyone I've ever fought both before and after the fight, so it wouldn't stop me from taking a fight with Forrest."

"I've heard the fans talk about Forrest and I, I've heard the fans talk about Tito and I. I know there's some fan interest out there for some particular fights, and I know that Dana is particularly interested in building fights that fans want to see, so if those guys are healthy at the time that I'm ready to return and that's a fight he wants to put on then yeah, I'm not going to say no to something like that."

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Theonlyvivid site profile image  

7/19/10 1:26 PM by Theonlyvivid

I respect Franklin so much, because he has literally fought almost everyone. Machida, Vitor, Wanderlei, Anderson (2x), Henderson, Chuck, Okami, etc..

knuckleballs site profile image  

7/19/10 1:12 PM by knuckleballs

Machida would rape Franklin. Again. I don't want to see that fight. The fight that makes sense is Lil' Nog.

angryinch site profile image  

7/19/10 12:56 PM by angryinch

what are the chances that he ever fights anderson again?

Fury2Feed site profile image  

7/19/10 11:52 AM by Fury2Feed

Franklin is a class act. True pro. Hope he does well.

MMATorch site profile image  

7/19/10 11:44 AM by MMATorch

He doesn't. If given a choice between Forrest and Machida he'd want Machida because he's friends with Forrest, that's what he was saying. But he'd take either fight if that's what the UFC wanted to put together.

Bixby site profile image  

7/19/10 11:42 AM by Bixby

Rich needs a big victory.People like him, well spoken, great ambassador BUT he has become irrelevant.Those Anderson losses were the 9/11 of his career.

Ramon Maroni site profile image  

7/19/10 11:38 AM by Ramon Maroni

why would Rich want to avoid Machida? cause he already lost to him once or are they buddies? I dont get it

Mister Saigon site profile image  

7/19/10 11:37 AM by Mister Saigon

I like Rich but he's becoming quickly irrelevent. He needs a BIG fight to move him up the ranks, they are treating him like a legend for some reason and he still has some fight left in him.

Skeletor68 site profile image  

7/19/10 11:23 AM by Skeletor68

 Some really sweet match ups mentioned there.