Report: Franklin-Lutter Booked for UFC 82

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin will return to action in March when he takes on Travis Lutter at UFC 82.

The news comes from a report by MMA Mania via Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer.

Franklin is coming off of his second straight loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 77 in October. Franklin is currently filming the film “Weapon” alongside former Saved by the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen. He will be playing a kidnapped genetically-engineered soldier.

Lutter has not fought since putting on an impressive showing in a loss to Silva as well at UFC 67 in February. The fight would have been for the UFC middleweight title but Lutter failed to make weight. Lutter was slated to take on Ryan Jensen at UFC 74 but was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a neck injury during training.

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