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Old 09-30-2008, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rich Franklin could meet Dan Henderson Jan. 17 at UFC 93

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Rich Franklin could meet Dan Henderson Jan. 17 at UFC 93
by Dann Stupp on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:15 am ET
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (24-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) could meet former PRIDE title-holder Dan Henderson (23-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at a UFC event tentatively scheduled for Jan. 17 at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland.

Sources close to both fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Franklin-Henderson fight has been discussed as a possibility for the fight card, though bout agreements have not been distributed.

The tentatively scheduled event was first reported by Yahoo! Sport UK & Ireland earlier today.

That report stated that Franklin could meet Chuck Liddell or Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the event's headline bout. But sources close to the fighters said that a Franklin-Henderson fight may be the most likely option.

However, sources said it's not known if the fight would take place at 205 or 185 pounds (nor is it known if the fight would even be a main event). Although Henderson has bounced between the two weight classes, Franklin only recently moved up to 205 pounds after more than three years competing as a middleweight. Earlier this month at UFC 88, he defeated Matt Hamill via third-round TKO (due to a body kick) in his return to light heavyweight.

Meanwhile, after suffering championship losses to then-UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson at UFC 75 and middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva at UFC 82, Henderson picked up his first UFC victory in more than 10 years with a unanimous-decision victory over Rousimar Palhares at UFC 88.

Recently, Henderson has been rumored as a possible coach for the ninth season of "The Ultimate Fighter." The upcoming installment of the UFC's reality series will feature a U.S. vs. U.K. theme and begin filming in January. Season-three winner Michael Bisping is the logical choice to head the U.K. team. However, if he were to fight in January at UFC 93, Henderson would seem an unlikely candidate to head the U.S. squad.

In any manner, UFC 93 could also feature the long-awaited grudge match between former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, according to the Yahoo! report. The "TUF 6" coaches were originally scheduled to meet in December 2007, but Serra was forced out of the bout with a back injury. (Hughes has since been sidelined by a knee injury suffered in a loss to Thiago Alves earlier this year.)

Serra recently told MMAjunkie.com he expects the fight to happen in early 2009 and that he "plans on retiring" Hughes.

To date the UFC has never hosted an event in the Republic of Ireland. The recently revamped O2 (formerly "The Point") can hold nearly 13,000 spectators.

For the latest on UFC 93, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
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Man this would be sweet. This is the fight that a lot of people have been wanting to see for awhile. Interesting to see at which weight class. At 205- Hendo having the advantage- possible? The other way around at 185?

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Old 09-30-2008, 03:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This fight makes more sense than Rich vs Shogun. Regardless of weight I would pick Henderson. He has the ability to control the fight on the ground and Rich wont KO him. I'm not saying ti would be easy by any stretch of the imagination but I think Hendo would scrape the win
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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interesting....id say dan for the win
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah this is a hard one to call, but don't think rich can knock hendo out and hendo has better wrestling so i'll go with hendo.
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I'd rather see Shogun vs Rich but this fight makes more sense.

Rich and Henderson are the UFC's 2 of the best MW's not named Anderson. And both are legit LHW's to this fight is interesting.

At 185 Franklin would win. At 205 I would probably pick Henderson.
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I'd rather see Shogun vs Rich but this fight makes more sense.

Rich and Henderson are the UFC's 2 of the best MW's not named Anderson. And both are legit LHW's to this fight is interesting.

At 185 Franklin would win. At 205 I would probably pick Henderson.
I think shogun/rich would end the same way rich/silva ended.
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I disagree I see it being a lot more like Shogun vs Overeem 2.
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I'd rather see Shogun vs Franklin, but Henderson vs Franklin ain't that bad.

I see Franklin losing to Shogun, probably by tko.

I could see it going either way for Henderson vs Franklin, which it would more than likely end with a decision for either man.
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and what if franklin wins against hendo? will he get 3 shot at silva?
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Is Hendo moving up to 205? Would much rather see him face (and lose to) Marquardt.
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