11-07-2012, 03:24 PM
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Rich Franklin headlined the first live television event in the United States, and also headlined the companyís first shows in places like Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Western Canada. He faces the sportís most unorthodox stand-up specialist, Cung Le, in the main event at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in Macau. |
Likely to be the oldest combined age fight in the UFC this year, with Franklin at 38 and Le being 40. Franklin started with UFC in 2004 and won the middleweight title the next year and beat Ken Shamrock in the UFCís live television debut on April 9, 2005, on Spike TV. It was the main event that followed the legendary Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin. At the time, fighters like Bonnar, Kenny Florian and Nate Quarry were newcomers trying to break into UFC on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. Franklin was a veteran title contender, who coached on the second season. Now Bonnar, Florian and Quarry are all retired.
Franklin has never lost a middleweight fight to anyone but Anderson Silva, the best of all-time in that weight class.
ďYeah, I realize Iím on borrowed time at this point,Ē said Franklin. ďIím 38 years old. I remember when I started being asked these questions about a year-and-a-half ago. It really hits you hard at first, but Iím used to it now. I never thought about it with Bonnar retiring. I didnít look at it like that. But Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Randy and I were the people who were part of the UFC before it exploded and theyíre now all gone. Iím the last of the Mohicans.Ē |
ďI would have never predicted this,Ē he said. ďI was teaching high school in 2002. I quit my job and was teaching part-time until three weeks before my title fight (in 2005 when he beat Evan Tanner to become UFC middleweight champion). I was still teaching in the at-risk program when I decided to quit my job. I never thought it would end up like this. I thought, ĎMaybe Iíll do this for a few years, itíll be cool, and then Iíll go back to teaching.í Thatís how things would have been had UFC stayed where it was. Iíve been with the company almost ten years, the same time the sport has exploded. I was on the main card for the Ultimate Fighter 1 final, fought Ken Shamrock, then got the title fight, and the sport blew up.Ē
ĒPossibly, but maybe itís fortunate I ran into him in my career,Ē he said looking back, noting the move back to 185 is with the goal of getting one last title shot. ďIf youíre going to lose, it might as well be to that guy. Itís just amazing the stuff he does in the Octagon. He fought Stephan Bonnar and he slipped the spinning back kick like something in the Matrix. Iím sure heís a better fighter than when I fought him. I think Iím better as well. Heís more experienced. Iím more experienced. Beating a guy like Anderson is going to be a tough thing no matter who you are. But when you have a champions mentality, you knock me down and Iíll get back up. Knock me down twice and Iíll get up again. Eventually Iím going to find your number. I believe with another shot I can win that fight.Ē
There are many paths to freedom....not all are peaceful.