Rich Franklin

Quote of the Day: Rich Franklin Looking for “Cinderella” Run to Middleweight Title

Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

"The great Cinderella story would be for me to drop to 185 and make a run for the title. I can't say I haven't thought about that. But I don't want to put the carriage before the horse. I have a tough opponent in front of me, and I really need to focus on that fight first and get some momentum going. This is not an easy fight. He's southpaw, and I've historically had problems with southpaws. So this will be a good challenge for me to come back at 185."

— Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin discusses his recent announcement of a return to action against Cung Le on July 7 at UFC 148 and his dream of making one more run a regaining the 185 lb title before calling it a career.

Franklin-Nogueira Scrapped from UFC 133


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A planned light heavyweight attraction between Rich Franklin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been removed from the UFC 133 card after Nogueira suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent training session and was forced to withdraw from the bout.

The UFC announced on Saturday that it was ultimately unable to find a replacement opponent for Rich Franklin and has decided to use his services at a later date. The company's light heavyweight division has been plagued by an injury bug as of late, prompting changes in nearly every major 205 lb fight scheduled in recent weeks.

Vitor Belfort's middleweight clash with Yoshihiro Akiyama has been promoted to co-main event status and a welterweight contest between Brian Ebersole and Dennis Hallman will be shifted to the event's main card.

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Silva Front Kick KO’s Belfort at UFC 126


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

There has never been a greater champion than Anderson Silva.

Silva surpassed Matt Hughes’ UFC title defense record of seven, successfully defending his UFC middleweight title for the eighth time with a highlight-reel front kick that stopped Vitor Belfort in his tracks in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday.

“That’s just one of the strikes I was working on [during training],” Silva said of his finishing manuever. “I was focusing on many different types of strikes and attacks.

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UFC 126: “Silva vs Belfort” Live Results

MMA on Tap will be going live at 7:15 PM ET with real-time results of tonight's UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 126 is lead by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva making his eighth title defense against Vitor Belfort. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 10 PM ET. Spike will be televising a pair of preliminary bouts starting at 9 PM ET. Kid Yamamoto vs Demetrious Johnson will stream on Facebook.com/UFC starting at 8:20 PM ET.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 126

Check out the official preview show for UFC 126. The above video previews the three most notable matchups on the main card: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort for the UFC middleweight title, a clash between former champions Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin and a battle between top prospects Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

Video: Silva, Belfort Heated at Weigh-ins


Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort hit the marks for their UFC 126 middleweight title bout tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and then nearly came to blows during a staredown.

In response to remarks Belfort made about Silva "wearing a mask" as a fighter, the champion did just that, donning a plain white mask and going nose-to-nose with Belfort. The two exchanged words and had to be held back by their cornermen before being separated.

All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Pierce, who weighed in one pound over the welterweight limit. Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump.

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Video: UFC 126 Pre-Fight Press Conference


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and opponent Vitor Belfort were in attendance for the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Also answering questions for the media were UFC President Dana White, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.

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Updated: Liddell-Franklin Likely for June, White Issues Response


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The rumblings of the UFC counter programming Strikeforce got much stronger today when it was reported that Chuck Liddell would be facing former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC Fight Night on April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Liddell was originally reported to be facing Tito Ortiz at UFC 115 but according to Fighters Only, Ortiz is dealing with something that may significantly impact his future as a fighter and it’s not an injury.

Update: 2:38 PM: Sherdog.com and MMAJunkie.com are now reporting that the bout between Liddell and Franklin will now take place at UFC 115 in June, not the rumored show for April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Update: 8:00 PM: UFC president Dana White has now posted a response on his Twitter saying, “Not true! We are doing Couture vs. Franklin, not Chuck.” Stay tuned for more.

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UFC 103 Notes: Belfort Moves to Forefront of Middleweight Title Picture


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A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.

“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.

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Belfort Beats Franklin in Return at UFC 103


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Vitor Belfort’s return to the UFC was a successful one as the former UFC light heavyweight champion decked former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin with a series of punches that resulted in a first-round TKO win for the heavy-handed Brazilian in the main event of UFC 103 on Saturday night in Dallas, Texas.

Up until the ending sequence, the bout didn’t feature much action. Belfort (19-8) and Franklin (25-5) exchanged leg kicks and short jabs, but neither put together any offense of note that landed. Things completely changed however after Belfort clipped Franklin with an overhand left during an exchange.

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