By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Two of the light heavyweight divisions most recognizable names (and faces) have agreed to lock horns; Rich Franklin (28-6-0-1) and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-5) will tangle at UFC 133 on August 6th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
While both men have achieved tremendous success in the sport, each has faced their fair share of difficulties as of late.
Rich Franklin will enter the bout having posted just two victories in his last five fights. Most recently he was outworked and out-muscled by former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 126. Prior to that bout Franklin managed to knock out former light heavyweight kingpin Chuck Liddell, though he suffered a broken arm during the match.
Nogueira enters the bout having dropped two consecutive fights, and while he may bolster a marquee name and impressive history, a third consecutive loss could leave the Brazilian in danger of being cut by the promotion. Highly touted prospect Phil Davis was the most recent to best Nogueira, as he secured a unanimous decision victory over the former Pride standout at UFC Fight Night 24 in March. Prior to that bout, another much-talked about light heavyweight in Ryan Bader scored his own unanimous decision victory over “Little Nog” at UFC 119.