In a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio, Rich “Ace” Franklin’s manager Monty Cox stated that their is a good possibility that Rich Franklin will make the move up to the UFC Light Heavyweight division.
The move makes sense, Franklin has beaten every fighter worth beating below him, yet will likely never get back his Middleweight belt as long as Anderson Silva holds it.
“Rich has to make a decision…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.”
“It’s one of those deals where he’s such a big star, which helps. He’s loved everywhere he goes, a big ovation in Canada and all that. But he’s not helping the 185-pound division right now by beating everybody up in it…We’ve talked about going to 205 and how would he match up with some of those guys, with a Forrest Griffin or a Keith Jardine. I think there’re some really good fights. There’s a whole bunch of 205′s that I think would be interesting.”