Despite dropping to 195-pounds for a catchweight showdown with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will remain at light heavyweight due to his recent training with current middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva.
“I’ll say this much,” Franklin told the Dayton Daily News. “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. I don’t see myself going to back to 185.”
Franklin recorded victories in seven of his nine bouts at 185-pounds since returning to the UFC in 2005, but two losses to Anderson Silva sent him packing for 205. “Ace” made his light heavyweight debut last September, defeating Matt Hamill via third-round TKO, but suffered a setback in his most-recent fight, dropping a split decision to Dan Henderson in January.