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Rich Franklin Eyes Permanent Move To Light Heavyweight

With a June 13th bout against the always dangerous Wanderlei Silva set at a catch weight of 195 lbs., former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will be fighting at a third different weight in four fights.

This, coupled with his somewhat surprising decision to train for his upcoming fight at UFC 99 with the man who supplanted him as the middleweight champ, Anderson Silva, has left many people wandering what the future holds for Franklin.

The former champ recently sat down with the Dayton Daily News to shed some light on what he feels lies ahead for him in the fight game . . .

“I’ll say this much,” Franklin told the newspaper. “With training with Anderson out here in L.A. and him being the champ at 185, it really makes me feel like I don’t have a place at 185 pounds anymore.

Franklin, knowing that a third fight with the current middleweight champion and his new training partner, Anderson Silva, isn’t what the UFC or he even wants at this point, sees virtually no point in continuing his career in the middleweight division.

“I don’t see myself going to back to 185.”

Rich “Ace” Franklin seems to be ready to turn the page in what has been extremely successful mixed martial arts career and reinvent himself in the UFC’s light heavyweight division where intriguing and challenging match ups surely await.