Originally Posted by Bonnar426
Well, alot of people were saying that Rich Franklin should have had a warm-up fight before facing Anderson Silva! I disagreed with this notion because a champion should not get warm-up fights. As a champion you have to defend that belt against the best at all times!
Now Rich Franklin is no longer champion and will be out for awhile. When he comes back should he get a warm-up fight to get rid of all that ring rust? If so, then who should he fight?
They wouldn't be saying he should have had a warm up fight if Franklin had won it, or didn't get his ass beat, just more excuses.
He'll probably get another fight until he faces Silva again, but I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't before his rematch with Silva.
It wont be Marquardt/Swick/Leben, the UFC way will be to throw in some subpar fighter to the wolves to get a win under his belt, then he'll get his rematch.