Call it an athlete’s competitive spirit or a fighter’s rattled brain, but former UFC middleweight champ Rich Franklin recently relayed his thoughts on a third fight with current title-holder Anderson Silva and, surprisingly, stated he was certain he could squash “The Spider” if given another chance. Silva decimated Franklin in both of their previous encounters with one resulting in a completely rearranged face for “Ace” thanks to some well-placed knees.
The 28-6 Franklin is returning 185 pounds for an upcoming fight with Cung Le after a short stint at light heavyweight, possibly setting up an interesting situation if able to produce a decent winning streak.
“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,” said Franklin in an interview with MMACanada. “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.”
“I’m not moving down to 185 and saying my sights are set on Anderson,” Franklin quickly clarified. “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.”
Le-Franklin is set for UFC 148 in July on a stacked card also featuring Dominick Cruz defending his bantamweight title against rival Urijah Faber in addition to Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin and Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch.
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