Franklin struggles to find where he belongs

by Ben Fowlkes | source:

Following the UFC 133 incident, Franklin said he sat down with UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta to discuss the fallout from the situation and his feelings on White's comments.

"That feeling of family, it's dissipated a little bit," Franklin said. "It's not the same as it used to be when I first starting fighting for the UFC, and I basically told Lorenzo that. I said, 'Hey, I feel like sometimes you guys don't really have my back,' and he told me that they'd been really busy with the FOX deal and all that kind of stuff."

After that conversation, Franklin said, he and the UFC "were all on the same page," and there was even talk of a bout with Tito Ortiz in November, which Franklin said he was "definitely open to and interested in."

Unfortunately, his shoulder surgery scuttled those hopes, leaving him focused only on rehab and getting back to fighting shape for now. As for the weight class he'll compete in and the opponent he might face when he returns, Franklin said he's content to leave that up to the UFC.

"If the UFC said something to me about fighting at middleweight again, I'd be great with that," he said, though he clarified that he's not about to request anything specific along those lines. "...If they're not going to let me work toward a title, in the meantime as long as I can just work at putting on exciting fights and that stuff, then I'm good with doing that."

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smoogy site profile image  

10/18/11 2:34 PM by smoogy

 Maybe you should actually read the article before you "end thread"?

jimbobyeaboy site profile image  

10/18/11 2:22 PM by jimbobyeaboy


mister_sticks site profile image  

10/18/11 2:14 PM by mister_sticks

Rich vs. Franklin? I'd be interested in seeing that, too. LOL

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

10/18/11 1:15 PM by RyannVonDoom

This minus "best champion to play the sport." He should take big fights as he wishes and leave when he wants.

Whambo site profile image  

10/18/11 8:55 AM by Whambo

Just curious, how long were you inbedded with Rich's training camp where you could determine the wind got taken out of him?After those fights he was winning and losing to the exact guys you'd expect he'd win and lose to for his level, there were no surprises.My biggest pet peeve is people determining once any guy starts losing it's because "the fire's gone out" or there training camp sucks etc. Ignore the fact the guy is fighting better competition... There's a big difference between defending a belt against Nate Quarry and fighting guys like Hendo, Belfort, and Silva.

THP site profile image  

10/18/11 6:11 AM by THP

I think Rich should stick to the gameplan of big super fights and call it quits when he has has his fill. Rich really doesn't have much left to prove. He was a great champion bested by the best champion to ever play the sport.

z00f site profile image  

10/18/11 3:48 AM by z00f

franklin back at middleweight would be interesting I wouldn't mind seeing rich vs franklin again 

MMALOGIC site profile image  

10/18/11 2:49 AM by MMALOGIC

 the big fights for franklin are at 185: Bisping. Chael If either guy loses Franklin is the perfect fight. 

EJ VASQUEZ site profile image  

10/18/11 2:43 AM by EJ VASQUEZ

In other words...He got his BUDO took!!!

goeb site profile image  

10/18/11 2:09 AM by goeb

I don't get why no one mentioned the fact that Rich said he'd take the fight despit eit not seeming appealing (which he told Monte Cox).UFc could've put him in there, they decided not to for whatever reason. Rich did not reject the fight offer, UFC just opted not to use him. Hence why the disappointment with Dana indicating he declined the fight.


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