Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin has recovered from the broken arm he sustained during his last bout, against Chuck Liddell, and is beginning preparations for his next bout, against Forrest Griffin. Speaking with MMA Heat recently, Franklin briefly discussed the bout and his opponent.
Having been acquaintances for some time, Franklin revealed that he first noticed Griffin’s impressive stature (former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir contemplated a move to 205-pounds after seeing firsthand that Griffin is as large as, if not larger than, himself) during their last-minute stint on the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter.
“If you saw Forrest and I standing next to each other you’d think we were in two different weight classes,” said Franklin. “He’s a big, big man. He was actually my assistant coach when I did The Ultimate Fighter, when I replaced Tito [Ortiz]. When he walked in I just looked at him and was like, ‘Wow!'”
The two hard-working fighters are known for stepping up against most any competition and coming prepared to fight hard for the duration of the bout. Franklin believes that these qualities will make for an exciting and fast-paced fight when they eventually meet in the cage.
“Both of us like putting on exciting fights and neither one of us really get tired,” he said. “So, I imagine from bell-to-bell it’s gonna be non-stop.”
Franklin and Griffin will square off on the main card of UFC 126, which is to be held on February 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.