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.”

Franklin Wants to Finish Career Out in Style

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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