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Rich Franklin Targeting 2011 Return To The Octagon

Rich Franklin knows he is likely entering the twilight of his career.

The former UFC middleweight champion has gone just 2-3 since 2009, including a loss to Forrest Griffin in his second bout back at light heavyweight.

And while the UFC would prefer “Ace” remain at 205 pounds, he still feels 185 is his ideal division.

“I’ve always said 185 in my home,” Franklin said. “But they (the UFC) don’t want me to be there, so it’s 205.”

Franklin, nearing 37 years old and with a 28-6 record on his resume, is kind of stuck in a predicament. He would need some big wins in the next year or so to make a true run at a shot at the UFC champion at 205, but he might be better off squaring off with fellow legends for marquee matchups.

The list of opponents Franklin has already faced are a who’s who of MMA, as he has battled Anderson Silva, Matt Hamill, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell and Griffin, going a combined 3-4 in those fights.

Could a possible Franklin-Tito Ortiz fight be on the horizon? Ortiz is one of the few former UFC champions he has yet to face off with.