With Martin Kampmann on the shelf with a knee injury, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin confirmed that he’ll be facing fellow middleweight contender Yushin Okami at UFC 72 in Belfast, Ireland.
From Rich Franklin.com
I spoke with Monte (my manager) Saturday evening and that conversation eluded to the fact that Kampman may be out. Monday,I was told he would be replaced with a top 10 opponent, and Okami was presented as the likely possibility. Later that day we found out Okami signed. From my end, the contract remains the same, and I’m still excited to fight June 16th in Belfast. My camp will make some changes in my training as well as develop a new strategy to approach this fight. However, I was and will continue preparing a fight…not a person.
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