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    Rich Franklin headlined the first live television event in the United States, and also headlined the company痴 first shows in places like Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Western Canada. He faces the sport痴 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 UFC痴 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.

    添eah, I realize I知 on borrowed time at this point, said Franklin. 的知 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 I知 used to it now. I never thought about it with Bonnar retiring. I didn稚 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 they池e now all gone. I知 the last of the Mohicans.
    的 would have never predicted this, he said. 的 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, 閃aybe I値l do this for a few years, it値l be cool, and then I値l go back to teaching. That痴 how things would have been had UFC stayed where it was. I致e 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.
    Franklin has never lost a middleweight fight to anyone but Anderson Silva, the best of all-time in that weight class.

    捻ossibly, but maybe it痴 fortunate I ran into him in my career, he said looking back, noting the move back to 185 is with the goal of getting one last title shot. 的f you池e going to lose, it might as well be to that guy. It痴 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. I知 sure he痴 a better fighter than when I fought him. I think I知 better as well. He痴 more experienced. I知 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 I値l get back up. Knock me down twice and I値l get up again. Eventually I知 going to find your number. I believe with another shot I can win that fight.
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    I've never been a Rich fan, but the fact that he wants another shot at Anderson speaks volumes. The guy got absolutely smashed twice, but still thinks he can win... Amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimusjoel View Post
    I've never been a Rich fan, but the fact that he wants another shot at Anderson speaks volumes. The guy got absolutely smashed twice, but still thinks he can win... Amazing.
    Yep, loads of respect for Rich.

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    It'll be a sad day when he retires. Like him or not he always brings it and has been a great embassader for the sport.

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    I'm pretty sure he trained with Anderson a couple of years ago maybe around the maia fight and stated that he would never fight him again out of respect after training with him

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    ^ he must have lost that respect...donno how that'd happen

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    Should be a good fight with Cung. Are they showing it live? If so what time will it be at? I hate watching tape delay.

    Franklin is a definite hall of famer. As a teacher myself I have always rooted for him. Don't want to see him face Anderson, but if Anderson left 185 it would be a cool swan song to see Ace hold a belt.

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    Like and respect Rich but a little to late in life for him. As to him saying after training with Silva and today saying he'd like to fight him doesn't mean he's going to fight him.

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    *feels like acting like roaddawg*

    I am offended that this guy is pretending he is Native American when he clearly isn't. I hope he gets his ass retired.

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    Vitor and Frank Mir are still there. They have been around even longer and held more belts. I know what he is saying though, and I am always happy to see him fight.

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