MMA Rated is reporting that Rich Franklin will indeed be making the move to light heavyweight to face off against fellow Cincinnati fighter Matt Hamill at UFC 88.
MMA Junkie first reported the possibility of Franklin moving up in weight yesterday and now it seems that MMA Rated has confirmed the weight increase as well as his opponent.
Franklin last fought at UFC 83 against Travis Lutter, a fight he won via TKO in the second round. Hamill’s last fight came against Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 13 this past April, where he overwhelmed the Pennsylvanian wrestler via TKO in the second round.
This is a risky fight for Franklin who has everything to lose and nothing to gain by beating Hamill. It’s a perfect opportunity for Hamill, however, to really put himself on the map by beating one of the UFC’s most recognizable and loved stars.