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Friday, 03/23/2012, 10:00 am

Back At Middleweight, Rich Franklin Eyes One More Title Run

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41 Comments to Back At Middleweight, Rich Franklin Eyes One More Title Run

  1. Mike McMack says:

    I like Rich at 185 much better, he looked like a smurf against Forrest. Him and Cung will be a great fight since both of them like to stand and bang.

  2. Alex says:

    Aww yea the former champ coming back to reclaim his throne! Hopefully Ace now knows how to get out of a Thai plum

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      I doubt Franklin has any aspirations of ever beating A. Silva but as everyon eknows Silva ionly has a few fights left before he’s retiring. IN fact i would bet after Silva crush’s Sonnen he will retire

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        If he retired before Hector Lombard comes over or a super fight with either Jones or GSP that would be freaking lame!

  3. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Well they aren’t giving him an easy fight to start his run on.

    • Ly-er says:

      I can’t wait for him to face Sonnen or Bisping!

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        He would most definitely beat Bisping. I am unsure if he can beat Sonnen.

        Okami vs Franklin would be a great fight.

        • Ly-er says:

          They actually already fought, with Franklin getting the UD. But yah I think he should b able to handle Bispings standup pretty okay. But iono how he can deal w/ Sonnen’s wrestling & pace.

    • jonesy says:

      cung is a very easy fight….he is all flash…this will be easy fight for rich…i would love to see rich vs bisbing..

  4. the original steve says:

    i like rich and everything but he better hope silva loses the title before he can get a shot

  5. cheap says:

    He’s better at 185, but no way he fights Anderson ever again.

  6. dante040 says:

    Rich can beat anyone at 185 save maybe Silva. He looked bad against Belfort, but I think that was just an off night.

  7. b_lum says:

    This is a fucking joke

  8. montanolt says:

    Ace Ventura needs to retire. Silva owns the middle wt. (weakest) division. If Shonnen wins maybe Ace Ventura can reclaim his title. But i dont see Silva losing the belt

    • jc says:

      so he should retire because the only person he has ever lost to at middleweight is the champion? go fuck yourself bro

  9. lex walker says:

    people b sleeping on rich, look up both of the rich vs tanner fights… 2 of the best fights ever

  10. Dick Diaz says:

    sorry bro but i have no idea what the interest for a Silva – Franklin III…

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      There will NEVER be a Silva/Franklin 3 EVER end of story. I would pay big money to see Franklin beat the piss out of Bisping but we have a better chance seeing Franklin fight Brock Lesnar because as EVERYONE knows Bisping is in UFC protective custody and will NEVER be matched up against strikers ever again. Look up for yourself how many times Vitor begged the UFC for a fight with Bisping and was denied.

  11. kenji says:

    to say the least rich should concentrate more on his calculus instead of fighting Anderson again….geez…i mean comon…he does have the sentiments of a fan base with him but comon…enough already! comon give it a rest already…maybe bisbing or cheal but not another one with andy

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      why isn’t ok for Franklin to come in and fight everyone at 185? IMO Franklin is the #3 best MW in world behind A. Silva and Vitor Belfort. WE all know the UFC won’t let Franklin beat Bispings ass because as everyone on this side of the pond knows (BISPING IS PROTECTED from ALL STRIKERS with talent) We will never see Bisping Vs Palharis, Belfort, Franklin, Munoz, Okami, Belcher, not even Weidman, I even think Cung Le would beat Bisping

      • jc says:

        thats why they gave him bocsech an opponent that bisping is easily better than. thats why he was always kept hidden from nate the great.

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          JC excellent point and you are correct the UFC refused Nate “cheat” Marquardts repeated requests for a fight with Bisping

  12. best opinion on the nets says:

    Rich would get smashed against Silva. Rich was a good champ for a while, but he does not have what it takes. I always enjoy his fights though and 185 is a good weight for him. I hope he does well and has evolved.

  13. Bla DeBla says:

    Listen ,

    Today is the 24’th of March 2012 not the 24’th of March 2006 .

    Franklin then & Franklin today are two different fighters .

    Time waits on no man & every fight Franklin performs in he has it all to prove all over again .

    Franklin in 06 woulda walked through a lotta men but there is no evidence he would walk through the same levels of quality today .

    I’m not saying he wouldnt beat so & so , I’m saying he is going to have to work damn hard to be considered a genuine top 5 contender .

    I doubt he has the hunger .

    But mind you I doubt any fighter whether it be in MMA or Boxing who is under a multi fight exclusive contract with a promoter or promotions company has the genuine old school hunger Fight legends like Marciano , Hagler , La Motta , Duran , Frazier & Dempsey were so loved & respected for .

    No offense to anyone but in terms of guts & fighting spirit Franklin & very few within MMA are fit to wipe their ass’s .

    Randy Couture woulda had a chance , he had genuine heart , courage & hunger .

    Dan Henderson is up there too , Dan is proper old school .

    Frankie Edgar has heart too .

    At the moment theres very few within MMA who can compete with the genuine Legends of the Fight Business .

    • Matt says:

      Really you doubt a man who has fought his whole life? Consistently competing with the best of the best and going in there to scrap out a win no matter who his opponent is? You have never been in a fight in your life if you think ANY fighter doesn’t have the hunger to be #1. No one goes in the cage to get their ass kicked and to avoid having that happen they train hard and prepare themselves to the best of their ability. So you can question his athleticism diminishing with age but you can’t question any fighters hunger to win.

      • Bla DeBla says:

        I already have done you soppy little faggot .

        • Matt says:

          See your at it again and its adorable. I love that you think your being smart but guess what we all can make opinions thing is your back yours up with garbage. 4 times I’ve smashed you today and you haven’t even made a point yet. Stop kidding yourself and relying on calling me a faggot because you got nothing to say. Your trying to be an ethug and it’s adorable. But if you wanna sit hear and try talking to me you better make an argument worth me reading and stop desperately coming up with insults to try and up yourself. Idiot

        • Bla DeBla says:

          Twice in one post you have called me adorable …. fuck off faggot .

          2’ndly I couldn’t give a fuck if you live or die so why the fuck would I want o talk to you ?

          3’rdly I didn’t respond to your comment , you responded to mine .

          4’thly & finally if you call that winning I’d hate to see the shape of you the day you consider yerself a loser !!!

          AHAHAHAHA !!!

        • Matt says:

          You’ve already been smacked, go check the other thread dumbass. I couldn’t be bothered to smack you again in this thread plus I have a life I’m busy with. Idiot.

        • Bla DeBla says:

          Yer a delusional faggot is what you are .

    • zetoe666 says:

      You just brought frankie edgar into a list with Randy Couture and Dan Henderson. YOU’RE A FUCKING RETARD. Edgar is not even top 5 at lightweight or featherweight. He invented the Carlos Condit.

  14. Franklin vs. bisbing or sonnen…I’m sold!

    But, only ynder the provision that they give him a fight prior to that. It’s been a while and throwing him at one of those guys is too much I think.

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