I hate news articles that use question marks in the headline. For example, shit like “GSP to fight Anderson Silva?” and then the article says “Not any time soon.” Making headlines into questions is a great way to sensationalize things because you can pretty much spend all your days making bogus articles called “Dana White: Gay?” or “Tim Sylvia eats feces?” or “Kalib Starnes: Ultimate coward?” when only two out of three are actually true. This is a favorite pastime of the bastards at Fox News, who hammer you with so many of these it’s like being brainwashed Clockwork Orange style.
With that in mind, I nearly decided to skip over reading MMA Weekly’s “Rich Franklin moving to 205?” article, since Rich himself spent the entire weekend at UFC83 denying that was going to happen. But now we’ve got his agent Monte Cox saying they’re considering it and it now depends on the UFC as to where they want him to go:
“He’s fought almost everybody in the 185-pound division,” said Cox. “There are some guys that he could fight, but if he beats them it knocks them out of title contention. And nobody is looking to see Rich and Anderson Silva 3 right now, including me.”
“We’ve talked about going to 205 and how would he match up with some of those guys, with a Forrest Griffin or a Keith Jardine. I think there’re some really good fights. There’s a whole bunch of 205’s that I think would be interesting.”
He continued, “In the end, we do what the UFC wants. If they want us to try 205, we’re up for it. If they want to keep us at 185, then we’ll do that too.”
The UFC has already pointed towards a fight with Dan Henderson, who’s also in weight class limbo. That fight can take place at either weight so regardless of what happens with this choice that should still be the next fight for Rich. Personally, I want to see Franklin fight at 205 … a guy moving up in weight instantly becomes an underdog in my mind because they’ll usually end up being the smaller guy, and I’d love to see how he faces that challenge.