Franklin considering one last title run?

by Matt Erickson | source:

"I talked to the UFC about dropping back down to 185, and they liked the idea," Franklin said. "A win here I think will start jockeying me in that position, and I'll start looking at a possible title hunt after that."

Franklin's past six fights have either been at light heavyweight or catch weights, and he has gone 3-3 in that stretch, alternating wins (Matt Hamill, Silva, Chuck Liddell) and losses (Dan Henderson, Belfort, Forrest Griffin).

Against Silva, he'll fight for the first time since his UFC 126 loss to Griffin – the longest layoff of his career thanks to fall shoulder surgery. But because he was training and ready for a fight this past August with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira that never materialized, he isn't concerned with cage rust.

He did say, though, that another major injury could have him thinking about hanging up the gloves quicker than he wants to.

"As far as retirement goes, when it comes to injuries and things like that, if I suffer another major injury, like a shoulder or a broken arm that's going to put me out for six months, something like that could quite possibly retire me," Franklin said. "And I'm well aware of that. That's always in the back of my mind. I realize that I'm closer to retirement than I am to the beginning of my career – much closer, at this point in time. I don't have a date set when I think I'll retire. But I've always said I didn't believe I'd be fighting into my 40s. I'm one of those people with his career that I kind of take it day by day.

"I woke up today and thought to myself, 'I would much rather be in the gym training for a fight than going and working in some office in a cubicle when I love competing.' I get to do what I love on a daily basis, and I'll continue to do it as long as I love doing it and my body will allow it."

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Jored1990 site profile image  

6/19/12 6:44 PM by Jored1990

*195 lbsYer there was some talk awhile ago about adding a weight class between MW and LHW, if I remember right Rogan suggested it. I don't think zuffa was into it though

Snappy Whistleteeth site profile image  

6/19/12 5:24 PM by Snappy Whistleteeth

How conicidental...I myself am currently thinking of taking one last run at banging Meagan Fox. I think my odds are a little better...

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6/19/12 5:07 PM by yellow wrkahlc


Jored1990 site profile image  

6/19/12 5:05 PM by Jored1990

I remember there being talk of a 190 lbs weight class, that's the only place I could imagine rich getting a title shot this late in his career

Poopyface TomatoNose site profile image  

6/19/12 5:00 PM by Poopyface TomatoNose

Rounds = would

Poopyface TomatoNose site profile image  

6/19/12 4:59 PM by Poopyface TomatoNose

Franklin rounds beat Bisping or Sonnen.

yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

6/19/12 4:55 PM by yellow wrkahlc

You're damn right he does.I'll always respect Franklin.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

6/19/12 4:46 PM by MMALOGIC

 there are some good fights for him at 185...  but he's not getting to the title again. Id like to see Franklin vs Bisping.  Franklin vs Belcher.

swany site profile image  

6/19/12 4:39 PM by swany

You gotta give ace credit ... He has some serious balls just for thinking about contemplating setting foot in the cafe with Anderson again

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6/19/12 4:38 PM by yellow wrkahlc

Rich isn't getting any younger, and I really don't see him fighting longer than the next 3 years. You've got guys like Lombard, Weidman, Bisping, Belfort, Belcher, Sonnen, etc. that could give Franklin a run for his money in that time, and there's no way Franklin beats everyone one of those names.I don't doubt that he could make it to a title eliminator bout, but I don't see him winning it. Rich will always be a top fighter at MW, but he will not win the belt again.