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Rich Franklin Expects to Re-Sign With UFC This Week

Rich FranklinRich Franklin, the former UFC middleweight champ who returned to light heavyweight in 2008, informed Fanhouse over the weekend that he “expects to sign a contract by the end of the week” to continue fighting in the UFC after his current deal, which has just one fight remaining, is complete.

Franklin met one-on-one with UFC President Dana White in Las Vegas last week to negotiate an extension  and it appears a new contract will be in place soon to keep Franklin in the UFC for the indefinite future and possibly for the remainder of his career.

Once the new contract is finalized, Franklin is expected to headline UFC 103 on September 19 in Dallas, possibly against a returning Tito Ortiz or against fellow 205-pound contender Luiz Cane, who recently expressed his interest in fighting “Ace”.

Since losing a rematch to current middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva in October 2007, Franklin (25-4) has won 3 of his last 4 bouts, losing only to Dan Henderson while picking up victories over Travis Lutter, Matt Hamill, and, most-recently in June, Wanderlei Silva.

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