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Old 08-26-2011, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Franklin vs Ortiz in the cards?

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Fans are not likely to see Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira rebooked for a later date.

Franklin, a former middleweight champ, is being eyed for a different light-heavyweight fight, according to UFC president Dana White.

"We do like the idea of Tito (Ortiz) vs. Rich Franklin," he said today during an official UFC video chat hosted by Ustream.

No date was proposed for the Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) vs. Ortiz (16-9-1 MMA, 15-9-1 UFC) matchup.

An injury forced Nogueira to withdraw from his meeting with Franklin early this month at UFC 133, and Franklin elected not to take a proposed booking with preliminary-card fighter Alexander Gustafsson, who was originally scheduled to meet Vladimir Matyushenko before being rebooked to fight Matt Hamill.

Naturally, fans wondered whether Nogueira vs. Franklin could be moved wholesale to a later date, but White seemed to cool on the idea.

"It depends how long [Nogueira] is out," White told MMAjunkie.com following UFC 133. "You know how that goes.

"A mandatory fight like where Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard both get hurt if they're going to heal up and be ready by the same time, that's the fight we're going to do. But when you've got a fight like Rich and 'Little Nog,' we can do something else."

A utility headliner and former champion, Franklin's career prospects have dwindled as of late. With dual losses to reigning champ Anderson Silva, his chance at another middleweight title run is nonexistent. At light heavyweight, he's hovering. This past February at UFC 126, Forrest Griffin outpointed him, which took the wind out of his sails after a triumphant knockout of Chuck Liddell at UFC 115. He suffered a broken arm as a result of that bout. It was just one of several serious injuries he's sustained during his six years inside the octagon.

Ortiz, meanwhile, returned to earth after a surprise victory at UFC 132 over Ryan Bader, which reversed a five-year victory drought and sent his stock soaring. To great fanfare, he took a short-notice fight with former champ Rashad Evans at UFC 133, but his hopes for a return to relevance were dashed when Evans stopped him in the second round.

Both Franklin and Ortiz now find themselves in the same position as marketable stars whose best days are behind them. The self-aware Franklin has spoken about the less-than-desirable position and said that a title is no longer his primary focus as a fighter. Instead, he wants to fight name opponents who generate interest for both the UFC and the fans.

With Ortiz's recent twist of fate, he's much in the same position. Only the faithful would have given him a shot at another title prior to his loss to Evans, and with a long list of disappointments marking his recent record, Franklin provides a marketable matchup that can help him stay in the public eye and bank a sizable chunk of change.

That's not a tough sales pitch for either fighter. Although no date has been proposed, it's easy to see why the UFC likes the matchup.
Source: MMAjunkie.com
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Still don't get why Franklin is at 205. The excuse used to be that he had beaten everyone in the division except Anderson, but that hasn't been the case for a long time.
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I'm all for Franklin to go back to 185 but frankly this is the only fight i want to see him in 205. Yes please.
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Still don't get why Franklin is at 205. The excuse used to be that he had beaten everyone in the division except Anderson, but that hasn't been the case for a long time.
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I'm all for Franklin to go back to 185 but frankly this is the only fight i want to see him in 205. Yes please.
AGree with both you guys.

I also believe he belongs at 185, especially now when the division looks tougher than it ever did.

It would be great to see how Frankling handles these new MWs.

But...if not, 205 it is.
I don't wanna see Franklin retire just yet.
I think ge still has 4-5 good fights left in him.

And Ortiz could be one of them.

And i believe and hope he beats him if they will meet.
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Yes I know MMA math blows but I'm going to hope that the fact that Franklin destroyed Hamill and Ortiz's wrestling wasn't up to par will bode well for Rich. Rich wins this fight easy if he stays on his feet. After this W I want to see him drop back down to 185 and finish his career collecting W's and money.
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I don't see why they won't let him fight at MW...BJ penn has lost to GSP 2 times in a row and he's in line for a 3rd shot at the most boring champion in the UFC yet they won't let Franklin continue at MW? He could at the very least serve as a gatekeeper for up and comers...wtf dana!?
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Still don't get why Franklin is at 205. The excuse used to be that he had beaten everyone in the division except Anderson, but that hasn't been the case for a long time.
I don't think it's his choice, in a sense he's being protected. They've got all of these guys who they don't know if they want to drop or keep at 205 and Franklin is a good test. In the other sense he's getting screwed because he's never going to fight for the title and it's only a matter of time before they dump him.
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I don't see why they won't let him fight at MW...BJ penn has lost to GSP 2 times in a row and he's in line for a 3rd shot at the most boring champion in the UFC yet they won't let Franklin continue at MW? He could at the very least serve as a gatekeeper for up and comers...wtf dana!?
BJ wasn't finished twice in brutal fashion, and BJ didn't get his face re-arranged twice. BJ got beat down bad in the second fight but people will bring up GSP greased and BJ didn't even get off the stool for a fifth round, there is no doubt at all about either of Rich's fights with Anderson, he got beat up, and beat up in stunning fashion.

Personally, I like Rich at either weight but he's already beat Yushin who is the top contender at 185, that should tell you Rich can still beat a lot of guys at 185 but would anyone ever like his chances against Anderson?

I just wanna see him fight, he always puts on great fights, I could care less what weight, I like him at 205 better, but he can put on a great fight with anyone at any weight.

I can't recall a boring Rich Franklin fight, ever.
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I'm not really interested in this fight. I think Rich should move down to 185 and Tito should be given Phil Jones.
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I'm not really interested in this fight. I think Rich should move down to 185 and Tito should be given Phil Jones.


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