Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Rich Frankline Hopes To Start Cindrella Story Against Cung Le

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

When Rich Franklin returns to the middleweight divison this July against former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le, he hopes to kick start a final run at the UFC Middleweight title and talked about the possibility of winning the title again:

“The great Cinderella story would be for me to drop to 185 and make a run for the title,” he said. “I can't say I haven't thought about that. But I don't want to put the carriage before the horse. I have a tough opponent in front of me, and I really need to focus on that fight first and get some momentum going.”

Franklin also talked about how open fans would be to a third fight against Anderson Silva:

“After this injury, I was talking to Monte Cox and I said, 'what would the UFC think about me moving back down to 185?' I think at this point in time, in their minds, if I was able to put a title run together, even if they did do another rematch between Anderson (Silva) and I, there's been enough time at this point there would be interest in the fight, and I guess that's what the interest is now. … Hopefully, this is where I'll finish my career.”

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