At 38 years old and coming off a knockout loss, UFC icon Rich Franklin (29-7) understands he isn’t ever going to strap another divisional title around his waist again. However, Franklin isn’t ready to hang up his gloves just yet and wants to fulfill the remaining fights on his deal before focusing on a future outside of the Octagon.
Of course, that begs the question of who Franklin will actually face in what could be the final clash of his career. And, as it turns out, “Ace” has a suggestion.
“I look at my Twitter and a lot of people talk about Michael Bisping. That would be an exciting fight and something the fans would want to see,” said Franklin in a recent interview with MMAWeekly. “I’m an exciting fighter, he’s an exciting fighter, and we both like to throw down.”
If Bisping doesn’t work out, Franklin at minimum wants a high-profile opponent rather than an up-and-comer trying to make a name off him by beating a former champion.
“Since my ultimate goal is not to go back and capture the 185-pound title, it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s at 185 or a catchweight or 205. Wherever the UFC needed me, I would fight, as long as the fight made sense,” he explained, not going so far as to mention any other names.
Franklin has gone 5-5 in his last ten tilts, picking up notable wins over Wanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell along the way. He has also had his hand raised against the likes of Yushin Okami, Evan Tanner, and Matt Hamill. By comparison, Bisping is 24-5 with eighteen stoppages and was last seen scoring a Technical Decision victory in an April effort against Alan Belcher.
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