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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Rich Franklin looking at Michael Bisping for next fight

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Rich Franklin not ready to retire, looking at Michael Bisping for next fight
By Chris Hall on May 5 2013, 9:00p @Chris81203

6 months removed from his KO loss to Cung Le, Franklin is finally talking about what's up next for his fight career. He's not ready to call it quits just yet and he's eyeing The Count for his return to the cage.


In the headlining fight for UFC: Macao in November, Rich Franklin was brutally knocked out by a counter right from Cung Le. The loss killed any momentum Franklin had built in winning a decision over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147. Since then, "Ace" has been markedly quiet about what his next move would be.

Franklin broke his silence with an appearance on last week's episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Before anything else, Rich wanted to assure his fans that he has no plans to retire just yet:

"I haven't been sitting on my end thinking about retirement," Franklin told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour Monday. "I don't want any of the fans out there to think, 'Oh, Rich is just out there contemplating retiring.'"

"The loss to Cung was a big setback for me. Unexpected in my camp," Franklin said. "I'm kind of sitting here thinking what's my next move going to be. And I realized I'm 38 years old and my time is limited in the sport. I know that I'm not going to be fighting another 10 years. I have to start think about the things that I'm doing outside of MMA.

In an interview with MMA Weekly, Franklin admitted that he knows another title run is beyond his grasp at this point. The 2-2.5 years he thinks it would take him to reach contendership is more than he can continue to fight. However, he wants to compete 1 or 2 more times for the UFC and he has someone in mind for his next bout:

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. Im an exciting fighter, hes an exciting fighter, and we both like to throw down.

From a rankings perspective, this fight makes almost no sense. Franklin is coming off a brutal loss to Le, who's never really made it close to the top of the heap at Middleweight. On the other hand, Bisping is ranked in the top 5 and coming off a win over borderline top Alan Belcher. However, Franklin has always been a "company man" and the UFC may see fit to grant him this boon. Regardless of the opponent, Rich is hoping to return to the Octagon before the end of the year.

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 02:41 AM
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Aim a little lower Rich.
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Man i am going to be sad when Rich Franklin retires. The guy has been a great fighter to watch and i cant say i have ever been bored watching him. I find him very exciting and he manages to do that without just going in there and swinging wildly. That is what i most respect about Rich. I wish more fighters would take after him.

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I think it'd be a great fight, but I want to see Frabklin leave the sport with a win not a loss. I love Rich Franklin, going to be sad to see him leave



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Nice fight. I approve of Richs sentiments.
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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 08:29 AM
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Wouldn't mind this fight.
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I still think Bisping vs Le is better but this isn't bad either. I think Ace takes it.
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What about Franklin/Belcher?
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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 10:51 AM
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This I think would be a really good fight. I'd bet on Bisping to win he seems to be on more of the upside of his career then Franklin but you never know, Franklin is the real deal and can potentially be a threat to most fighters in the UFC. I don't take a lot away from Franklin from the Cung Le fight. Yes, he was devastated by Cung Le but that can happen to anyone against a striker like Cung Le. I think if him and Cung Le would fight 10 times Franklin would win at least half of the time. This fight with Bisping would definitely turn out to be a good action packed bout. I also wouldn't mind to see Franklin take on Belcher, Stann or Leben in his next fight.
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I still think Bisping vs Le is better but this isn't bad either. I think Ace takes it.
Either of those are nice fights. I think either would be competitive.

Le vs. Lombard would be sweet if Lombard stays at 185.

What about Franklin/Lombard? Franklin is taller and could out box him from the outside until Lombard gasses.
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