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diemos 02-18-2009 04:08 PM

UFC 99: Rich Franklin vs Wandrlei Silva
 
MMAWeekly.com was able to confirm that Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight each other at UFC 99.

"I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and... say no problem, I'm down for 185? He say, no problem," Silva said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, but adding, "I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205."

Cro Cop and now this, if this is true, UFC 99 is on the way to be one of the best UFC cards ever.

What do you all think? Who do you think will take it Rich or Silva?

Ew0k187 02-18-2009 04:10 PM

damn beat me to it lol

Ew0k187 02-18-2009 04:12 PM

and i gotta say rich prolly has the better chance if the fight were to go to a decision but silva always has that knockout quality within him so its a tuffy :p

Chrisl972 02-18-2009 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by diemos (Post 816256)
MMAWeekly.com was able to confirm that Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight each other at UFC 99.

"I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and... say no problem, I'm down for 185? He say, no problem," Silva said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, but adding, "I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205."

Cro Cop and now this, if this is true, UFC 99 is on the way to be one of the best UFC cards ever.

What do you all think? Who do you think will take it Rich or Silva?

Rich will takes this hands down.

Wandy is too much of a brawler to deal with Franklin's peppering shots.

Rich by 2nd rd TKO. :thumbsup:

Walker 02-18-2009 04:13 PM

Here's the full story.
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UFC 99 PITS RICH FRANKLIN VS WANDERLEI SILVA
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - by Ken Pishna and Damon Martin - MMAWeekly.com

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make its German debut on June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. While several fights have been rumored for the event over the past couple of months, most have not come to fruition.

MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, however, was able to confirm through multiple independent sources that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight each other at UFC 99.

Franklin has fought his last two bouts at light heavyweight, returning to the division after running into a brick wall named Anderson Silva at middleweight. Even though Wanderlei Silva's fights in the UFC have all been at 205-pounds to this point, he has made public his intention of wanting to move down to the 185-pound division.

"I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and... say no problem, I'm down for 185? He say, no problem," Silva said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, but adding, "I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205."

It appears that he may not fight at either weight come June 13. Though it is too soon for bout agreements, sources have indicated that Franklin and Silva have agreed to face each other at a catch weight somewhere in the neighborhood of 195 pounds.

With both fighters coming off of losses Franklin to Dan Henderson and Silva to Quinton Jackson, each in the 205-pound division a catch weight fight doesn't really damage either's hopes for a title shot, as each would likely have to win a couple of fights before being considered a contender again.

A catch weight fight is a logical step for Silva to make his transition to the middleweight division a little easier. Walking around at about 208 pounds, he's never really had to deal much with weight cutting in the past, but will obviously have to in order to compete at middleweight.

The UFC has not officially confirmed any bouts yet for Germany, and it is not yet known whether Franklin and Silva will headline the UFC 99 fight card. Considering each fighter's stature in the MMA world, their bout would likely be at least a co-main event.

The only other independently confirmed bout for UFC 99 at this point is a lightweight contest between Spencer Fisher and Caol Uno.


From:
http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...=8204&zoneid=2

I think this a great match-up and interesting with the catchweight.

MalkyBoy 02-18-2009 04:13 PM

Great fight but at what weight?

edit nevermind, I would rather this fight was at 205 though

Baby Jay D. 02-18-2009 04:18 PM

195, interesting. 99 is looking real good with Cro cops return v Randy and now this. I approve of the match-making, very nice.

Fedor>all 02-18-2009 04:38 PM

Oh my God.. UFC 99 is going to be ****ing amazing.

ThaiSpider 02-18-2009 04:38 PM

looking forward to this one very much wanderlei with his all action brawling style against frankilns crisp measured stand up should be good fun.

OsborneMcCarty 02-18-2009 04:40 PM

I think this a really great matchup because both of these guys are at the same point in their careers. Huge names in the sport with huge accomplishments but are trying to find their place in an evolving art.

It will be interesting to see Wandy's gameplan. I've heard he's trying to become a more technical striker. The flailing arms style has not been working for him (like it used to). He may have to go old school to beat Ace though. Franklin is a very good precise striker and will give Wand some trouble if he's able to keep the distance and avoid the power.


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