The question I really wanted to ask during the post-event press conference was “What’s next for Rich Franklin?” However, I was still a bit drunk off the crowd and was afraid if I opened my mouth everyone would point at me and scream “FRAUD! BLOGGER! DEATH TO THEE!”. They’d drag me from my chair, rip my fancy work shirt open to reveal the damning ‘FREE RANDY’ t-shirt beneath, and then they would rip me apart and eat my guts a la “Day of the Dead”.
So I kept my mouth shut.
But it’s still a damn good question, one that Mike Sloan from Sherdog also wonders:
Unless Anderson Silva loses the title, moves up to light heavyweight or retires, Zuffa will be hard-pressed to figure out what to do with Rich Franklin (Pictures) as far as a title shot goes. Not to sound disrespectful, but no matter how many wins he racks up and no matter whom he beats, how is Zuffa really going to market a third fight between the two when Silva has blown him out of the water both times? Unfortunately for Franklin, one of the classiest guys in the sport, he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place.
With all the retardo talk of GSP moving up to middleweight, I’m not quite sure why no one is talking the same about Rich Franklin moving up to light heavyweight. It’s not like Rich didn’t used to fight at 205 in the past, and it cleans the middleweight division up so that Franklin doesn’t continue to whup all the potential contenders the UFC is trying to build. Honestly, Rich is too good to just bounce around in the MW class just kinda waiting till Anderson Silva gets struck by lightning or something equally improbable happening (like Silva losing).