Franklin hoping for 'Cinderalla story'

by Steven Marrocco | source:

ranklin admits that a run at the belt is a nice idea, but more importantly, the fight with Le promises an entertaining fight. Since losing the UFC title to Anderson Silva six years ago and losing a rematch, he's more concerned with pleasing the fans than adding to career achievements.

"The great Cinderella story would be for me to drop to 185 and make a run for the title," he said. "I can't say I haven't thought about that. But I don't want to put the carriage before the horse. I have a tough opponent in front of me, and I really need to focus on that fight first and get some momentum going."

Franklin has already started preparations for his first trip to middleweight in four years. Although he competed twice in catchweight bouts at 195 pounds, he said he won't have time to get acclimated to 185 with a test cut. So he's already started attacking his diet and workout regimen.

"This is not an easy fight," he said. "He's southpaw, and I've historically had problems with southpaws. So this will be a good challenge for me to come back at 185."

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inf0 site profile image  

3/23/12 8:55 PM by inf0

^^ click 

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3/23/12 7:59 PM by Atomac

I'm predicting a double KO with a straight left from Ace and some physically impossible kick from Le.

Filo_Beto site profile image  

3/23/12 6:27 PM by Filo_Beto

All time favorite but not all time great. The all time great list is very small.

Jobe Watson the Bomber site profile image  

3/23/12 5:50 PM by Jobe Watson the Bomber

Good call. Wand, shogun and anderson are demons in the clinch.

Kingtony87 site profile image  

3/23/12 12:46 PM by Kingtony87

Would you consider rampage one of the greats?

Immaculata site profile image  

3/23/12 12:19 PM by Immaculata

I think this is an awesome fight. Good luck to both fighters.

Filo_Beto site profile image  

3/23/12 12:06 PM by Filo_Beto

A guy that does not know how to get out of a thai plum should not be considered one of the greats.

NiteProwleR site profile image  

3/23/12 10:32 AM by NiteProwleR

Franklin is the shit but I'd like to see Le get a win in the UFC. Tuck that chin in Cung!

trubs site profile image  

3/23/12 6:17 AM by trubs

I take Franklin over Le all day. It's unfortunate that Anderson demolished Rich so bad twice. Rich should and would have been up there with some of the greats. He was a beast till he got raped by silva twice. If Anderson leaves the division he might be able to get close to the top. Don't think he'll get the belt though

Liophy site profile image  

3/23/12 5:55 AM by Liophy

At first glance i read "Chandella story".