Popular UFC fighter Rich Franklin says he’s done fighting in the middleweight division, but could make a run for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
The former champion was expected to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 in a couple of weeks, but the Brazilian fighter has been forced off the card. Franklin is now left without an opponent and may have to wait until later in the year to fight again.
Since losing the pay-per-view co-headline fight, the UFC is scrambling to try and find a viable opponent that will be able to challenge Franklin.
MMAWeekly recently caught up with Franklin, and here is what he had to say about the current state of his fight career:
In his past three fights, Franklin was finished by Vitor Belfort, knocked Chuck Liddell into an alternate universe, and lost a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin.
Franklin, a former UFC middleweight champion, was a centerpiece for the division until he ran into Anderson Silva (twice). Now that he’s in the light heavyweight division, I look forward to seeing if he’ll still fight at UFC 133 in early August — and if not, who will be his next opponent?