There are few people more qualified to dissect former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin’s game than the man who took his belt: Anderson Silva.
Silva faced Franklin twice in the UFC, first at UFC 64 in 2006 when he won the title via KO (knee) and again at UFC 77 in 2007, where he defended his title, defeating Franklin again via TKO (knees). Despite their violent history, Silva and Franklin have always been friendly with one another and “Ace” even sought “The Spider’s” help when he faced the Brazilian’s old training partner, Wanderlei Silva.
Perhaps unfortunately for Franklin — who has since abandoned the middleweight division to try his luck at light heavyweight — Silva will soon apply his combat expertise against him once again, though this time it will be by helping to prepare his Black House teammate, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, to face the former math teacher this August. Black House boxing coach Luis Dorea recently spoke with Tatame.com (props to FightersOnly for the translation) discussing the role that Silva will play in “Little Nog’s” preparation.
“Anderson is coming to train in Brazil to perform again,” said Dorea. “He is part of the team and for his background, he is one of the main weapons for Rogerio tactically and strategically. I have no doubt that Anderson will contribute a lot.
“This is something normal, they train always train together. In this fight, as in all the others, we’re with everything set, helping each other, and certainly Anderson will pass on all the situations of how Nogueira has to behave… He’ll help so much.”
Nogueira and Franklin are scheduled to face each other this August 6 at UFC 133, which will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.