After a solid run at 205-pounds Rich Franklin has returned to the division where he made a name for himself as a UFC champion, remaining one of the most dominant forces at 185 until running into current title-holder Anderson Silva. Two fights with the Brazilian resulted in a pair of one-sided losses and ultimately Franklin’s decision to give light heavyweight a go.
Now that he’s back at middleweight, the slim possibility of a third encounter with “The Spider” has arisen and, believe it or not, Franklin likes the idea.
“If I was able to put another title run together and the UFC wanted to do another fight with Anderson, I would be willing to do another fight with Anderson,” explained the 37-year old to MMACanada when asked about a final crack at solving the Silva mystery before dropping a bombshell. “And I believe – and this is just because of the champion mentality in my head – but I believe that given another shot, I could win that fight.”
However, just because Franklin is open to the bout doesn’t mean he’s looking past UFC 148 opponent Cung Le or even seeking another shot at Silva unless fate dictates the necessity.
“I’m not moving down to 185 and saying my sights are set on Anderson,” said Franklin. “That’s not what I’m doing here and I don’t want him to get that impression either because I’m not shooting for him. Heck, who knows, between now and then…I don’t know how many fights I’ve got before I would actually make it to the title anyway and a lot of things can happen.”
The first step to even sniffing UFC gold again will come on July 7 when the 28-6 Franklin meets Le. The fight will be the first for “Ace” since losing to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126 more than a year ago due to a shoulder injury keeping him out of action.
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