A source close to the UFC has informed Fightline.com that Rich Franklin will take part in UFC 88. No opponent has been named but sources close to the situation tell Fightline.com that Franklin will definitely be fighting in Atlanta.
Franklin (23-3) last fought at UFC 83, scoring a decisive TKO against veteran Travis Lutter. The talk since then has circled around Franklin possibly moving back to light heavyweight. The weight at which he fought the first have of his career, losing only to Lyoto Machida.
“Rich has to make a decision,” manager Monte Cox recently told MMAWeekly Radio. “We’ve certainly considered going to 205 and seeing how he does up there. He’s fought almost everybody in the 185-pound division. 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.”
No opponent has been named for Franklin nor has he discussed whether the fight will take place at middleweight or light heavyweight. Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight further clouds the situation, since he appears to be the impetus for the move in the first place.
Check back for more on this story as it develops.
Below is a look at the current fight card for UFC 88:
Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans
Rich Franklin vs. TBA
Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Tim Boetsch vs. James Lee