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UFC President Dana White Says Rich Franklin Can Do Whatever He Wants

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Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin (20-7) made his UFC debut when he scored a first round knockout against the late Evan Tanner back in 2003.

After that, “Ace” went on to become one of the promotion’s biggest stars and most marketed athletes. He obtained the middleweight title after defeating Tanner for a second time, and even coached a season of The Ultimate Fighter against welterweight champ Matt Hughes. Even so, his days as a UFC superstar were numbered when Anderson Silva (33-5) signed with the promotion in 2006. “The Spider” usurped Franklin as the promotion’s middleweight monarch via one of the most brutal knockouts in UFC history. Franklin quickly rebounded by scoring back-to-back wins against Jason MacDonald and Yushin Okami, but was knocked out again by Silva in their rematch.

After being destroyed twice in his battles against Silva, many thought Franklin’s career would end shortly afterwards. They were wrong.

The former math teacher went on to defeat Travis Lutter, Matt Hamill, Wanderlei Silva, and even Chuck Liddell. But, despite those victories, his post-Silva career has been full of mixed successes: he dropped a razor-thin split decision to Dan Henderson, a knockout loss to Vitor Belfort, a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin, and another knockout in his most recent fight against Cung Le.

After his loss to Cung Le, Franklin decided to take a hiatus from mixed martial arts.

In a recent interview, after having not fought in the octagon for an entire year, the thirty-nine year old has expressed his interest in stepping in the octagon one last time before hanging up the gloves for good.

According to MMA Junkie, UFC President Dana White has said he’ll offer Franklin that chance.

“He can do whatever he wants to do.”

The question is when and who? Also, Which weight class? Over the years, he’s fought at middleweight, catchweight, and light heavyweight. Having received the blessings of White, the cards now appear to be in “Ace’s” hands. We’ll just have to wait and see how he plays them.

  • michael

    i respect rich i want to see this because this could a diago sanchez fight with the old school comes back strong to fight the new breed and kicking ass what if the old school fighters come back and start winning again it would be pretty cool so im very interested. it will have to be better than forest griffin fight so i want a middle weight fight vs a low ranked but has name fighter ,mark munoz embarrassing loss to machida you look like a hardass bitch or the count, im more on the count its a good recover match with an old school fighter with a fan base in London vs rich Franklin and the fans will .love it, so it will catch attention to the loyal ufc fans and the count is coming off a long lay off with the ufc ring rust and time away from his injury of the eye this is a good match that can be a build up to something thing bigger and give a good attention starter on your first fight back from an eye injury i see this going both ways perfect