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Rich Franklin is stuck at 205

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Rich Franklin has been an exile from the 185 pound division he used to rule ever since he was destroyed for the second time by Anderson Silva. After several fights at 195 pounds (aka the UFC’s FranklinWeight division), he finally moved up to 205 for good. Unfortunately, he looked like a frackin’ midget compared to Forrest Griffin, and probably would have given up a ton of size on the deceptively named Lil Nog if their fight was still on.

So. Any chance he might return to 185? It doesn’t sound likely:

“Yeah (middleweight is closed off forever for me). The UFC basically has told me that they’re not interested in having me fight at 185 anymore, which is the only reason why I made the move to 205 in the first place. So rather than being stuck in this no mans land at 185-pounds, at least being at 205 I can work towards the title or something like that.”

Of course, all this could change with another whupping or two at light heavyweight. Then who knows what Rich will do – drop back down, or just retire? Franklin doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who spent the good years building an exotic motorcycle collection or snorting a pool hall worth of 8-balls (although wouldn’t he be more interesting if he did?).

But it’d be nice to see him get one more run at 185 before hanging up the gloves. Who knows, maybe he could even get himself up into a position where he could get his ass kicked by Anderson Silva a third and final time? Now there’d be a retirement fight for the ages.

  • Reverend Clint

    ship him to strikefarce

  • CAP

    Third times a charm Ace!

  • FiveBoltMain

    ^ amen!

  • Grappo

    kinda bullshit.  they forced him out of the weight class he feels most comfortable in just because he can’t beat Anderson Silva?  i’m not getting their logic.  Koscheck can’t beat GSP.  Gonna make him move up to MW?

     

    I thought they said they would never tell a fighter what weight to fight at, unless they’d shown an inablility to make weight (hrmmmph Rumble/Alves, yet they still let them fight WW)

  • agentsmith

    ^ I guess Matt Hughes better move up too.

    Yeah, this is kind of a bullshitty double-standard.  One could say there’s no point in him hanging around at 185 and knocking off Silva’s potential challengers, but there’s other guys in other divisions that are in pretty much the same boat… are they all supposed to move up then?

    Notice this line:

    I can work towards the title or something like that.

    “Something like that”?  That’s the spirit, Rich.  Sounds like he knows that’s a pipe dream.  The guy’s 36 and already has a legacy, just let him do like Hughes and Couture and take whatever fights tickle his fancy, instead of forcing him into another division where he doesn’t belong and make him pretend like he’s going for a title run.  Come on now, there’s enough 185ers around to keep him busy.

  • P W

    Fighters are fucking idiots for forgetting that first and foremost they fight for our entertainment. You can still have exciting fights and put your skill on display and be loved for it by the fans without being a top contender. Put your ego aside – no more of this “if I can’t win a title my existance is meaningless”-bullshit.

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    I’d be interested in seeing Anderson Silva fight a Rich Franklin that has absolutely no intention of striking.  Franklin is actually a decent wrestler and has good enough jiu-jitsu not to get subbed halfway through the 5th.  Maybe we could see Anderson get Sonnen’d again, but this time, you know…without the disgrace.

  • Reverend Clint

    might also be the fact he would still beat most of the other guys at 185 and keep contenders from fighting anderson

  • Billytk

    No the UFC would just let guy they wanted to fight for the title skip fighting Rich like they do to Fitch at 170 it’s not like the UFC actually has a ranking system or true contenders they give title shots to whoever is popular and will bring in PPV $$

  • Oontyex

    i like that there isnt a set in stone ranking system – it means that exciting fighters fans want to see more can get fast tracked, and lame douchers like fitch, dont get rewarded for abusing the gaps in the rules – and fighters who try to actually fight dont need to take 25min of gayness to get to the title

    i think every one of his fights, if it was in pride, fitch would get at least 1 yellow card… wish ufc had that for lay n prayers, wall n stall and the humming bird impressions cruz n edgar do

  • iamphoenix

    stop bringing fitch up. he’s deserves being overlooked. he already had a title shot. he’s fucking boring.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    His title shot was the best welterweight title shot in ages.  I used tyo support him getting another until he started on some delusional shit about how much he’s changed and would beat GSP this time.  I don’t believe in feeding the trolls anymore.

    I honestly don’t think there’s enough depth or enough Gracies to bring in to support a Legends Class at 185 for Rich, so I hope he doesn’t get hurt at 205.

  • Blackula Jonez

    How many rounds did Fitch win against GSP?

     

    Cruz vs Faber was a competitive title fight, Aldo vs Hominick was a competitive title fight. GSP vs Fitch was a one sided 5 round ass kicking, since that fight we have seen.

     

    Fitch won damn near all of his fights but still has trouble when he faces competent grapplers (losing rounds to guys like mike pierce, paulo thiago going to a draw with Penn) he relies ENTIRELY on his wrestling advantage and hasn’t shown any new skills are improvements of his existing skillset. How many one dimensional grapplers must gsp fight before we realize that those types of fighters pose no threat to Boss Canada.

  • CAP

    It was an entertaining beatdown at least.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    One of GSPs top three IMO – Serra and the Hughes being the other two.

  • frickshun

    ^^Nope. Serra rematch sucked beyond belief. Although he dominated, I WOULD NOT FUCKING USE THE WORD “BEATDOWN” unless we are describing your dating life.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So those knees to the body were topped by what other GSP beating in your opinion?  Trigg maybe?  Not a beating, but definite ownage.

  • frickshun

    ^^The fight was stopped due to FUCKING BOREDOM. Even when in no danger whatsoever, GSP can’t open up any more to inflict real, fight-ending damage.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Didn’t answer my question Mr. Sandy-vag – Which GSP beating was better for you?

  • frickshun

    Nothing tops the beating GSP laid on Hughes that last time. KICK TO THE FACE!!!! What ever happened to that Georges? Oh yeah….the fear of losing.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Haha, yeah I miss that Georges too!  Doesn’t change the Serra beating tho.

     

  • Reverend Clint

    it was more like 1.5 rounds of laying with some knees

  • frickshun

    Serra rematch reminds me of sex with my wife. It’s not so much that I finish her as her telling me she’s done.

  • CAP

    And she doesn’t fight back.

  • frickshun

    ^^If I tell you she does, is it rape?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Not if you have a safe word.

  • frickshun

    The safe word is “Brian Lopez-Benchimol.”

  • CAP

    I won’t judge.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    “Benchimol” is too close to one of my choader-groans.

  • CAP

    ^Nice!

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