Rich Franklin: “I probably won’t fight again until April or May”
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin’s last two fights in the UFC have been at a catch-weight of 195lb, a fact that Franklin now believes was to transition his opponents to the lower weight class of 185lb.
In a recent interview with the National Post, Rich Franklin talks about his last two fights in the UFC and the opponents he fought.
“The UFC asked me to fight the catchweight fights to help Silva and Belfort make the drop down to 185 pounds. But now I’ve lost my ranking at 185 and 205. It’s crazy — I can headline a card and not be top-10 ranked. I took the Belfort fight because Dana called and asked me, even though I wasn’t quite where I needed to be physically or mentally.
Now, I’m not making excuses, that’s just the nature of the fight game. But now I’m taking some time off and probably won’t fight again until April or May. I need to rest and relax and recover a little bit and I also hate prepping for a fight in the wintertime. Cincinnati can get pretty cold and I hate running and working out when the temperature is always zero.”
Rich’s last two opponents were Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, and as it stands both of their next fights are in the UFC middleweight division. Belfort’s a title fight against Anderson Silva and Wanderlei’s is a middleweight fight with Michael Bisping.