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Rich Franklin is ready to go

You know, I’m getting pretty sick of this trend: fighter works his way up the world. Fighter gets popular. I jump on the bandwagon. Fighter gets distracted by money/bitches/movies. Fighter gets face smashed in. Fighter leaves MMA for Hollywood. And I cry into my pillow at night because I have abandonment issues which stem from my father leaving when I was a child.

For a while I was pretty certain that was what was going on with Rich Franklin. The guy hasn’t looked happy in like a year and a half, and I was starting to wonder if he was sick of cutting, sick of training, and sick of getting his nose smashed to hell. It’s not like Rich ‘needs’ to fight. The dude’s making good coin off his clothing line, he filmed some gayass pilot TV show, and just starred in a shitty b-movie.

So when the UFC asked him to fight Travis Lutter in March and his people responded with a big “uuuuuuuh, let us get back to you on that”, I thought it was pretty much all over.

Fortunately that’s not the case, as Rich has decided to step up and accept the bout with Lutter. Of course, now that I’m done saying that I’m happy to hear that, I really hope that Rich bounces back and hits the gym hard. Travis Lutter ain’t one to fuck around with, and if Rich is really in a position where he needs a win in order to stay relevant in the middleweight division.

If I was a betting man, I think Rich took this fight with the prayers that Dan Henderson will beat Anderson Silva. If Rich wins and that happens, presto! Another title shot for Ace, this time against someone who isn’t quite so deadly with muay thai.

  • Wu Tang

    You have to get a new picture of him…. Hes doing alot outside of the cage… With that picture, im assuming he also did porn work to get extra coin… Franklin at Hooters.. Yea that does have a ring to it.


    Rich still loses to Hendo, albeit not as brutally. Although maybe, if we’re lucky, Hendo hits him with that right and does to Rich what Rich did to Quarry.

  • EdenMachine

    Since this is an article about Rich Franklin, how come he’s not in the picture?? All I see is a picture of two hot ass big breasted Hooter’s girls. Franklin is no where in sight. Come on FL, get your shit together!

  • johnny

    i’m not saying that rich is in the “twilight ” of his career but silva beat the proverbial “spirit” out of him and I question his hunger at this point

  • Lifer

    fuck the haters! if the man can teach math and be convinced that the earth is only 6000 years old i’m pretty sure he can be talked into fighting anyone.

  • johnny

    btw, the chic on the right might be hotter but i’m willing to bet that the chic on the left is a FREAK in the sack

    …..that, or she will empty out your fridge…i dunno


    Please tell me he isn’t really one of those young earthers. I know he’s a Jesus Freak, but that’s a whole different level.

  • fightlinker

    He’s a creationist:

  • frickshun

    Why does it look like you superimposed Brigitte Nielson’s face on that chick on the right?


    Well, shit. I guess that’s just more justification for me to hate on Rich Franklin. Stupid fucking creationists.

  • Tanner

    Rich posted a bulletin via the American figher myspace page:

    Hi guys. First off, I would like to thank everyone for the support. Thank you for the support leading up to, and since the fight with Anderson. He is a great fighter and deserves everyone’s respect as a fighter, person, and ambassador to our sport. Also thank you for supporting American Fighter.

    Todd tries to maintain our Myspace account because of my hectic schedule. Hopefully he is doing a good job for you all. He spends a good amount of time on here and does it for free. Sometimes he gets a t-shirt.

    I am told there are rumors of me fighting multiple people in March. I have not signed for a fight in March. I don’t believe that I am allowed to fight more than once in a night. I hope this clears up any confusion. I have not signed to fight anyone in March, or any other month.

    Happy Holidays


  • body shots

    I read somewhere that the making of the movie would cut into his fight prep. time and he didn’t want to come in unprepared for Lutter.

  • Jonathan

    Yes, but he does have a deadly right hand as well as a ground game that Rich does not have…

  • islandguy

    Ya I think Henderson is a better fight for “Ace”, but he’d still lose, just not get his face pushed in again.

  • JiuJitsu365

    Something about Lutter strikes me as lethargic in comparison to Franklin. However, why should Franklin get a title shot against Henderson if Hendo beats Silva?

  • Ason

    The Spider isn’t losing anytime soon. So it doesn’t matter.