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Rich Franklin Signs Six-Fight UFC Deal, Assumes Henderson Rematch at 205

Rich FranklinAfter recently meeting one-on-one with UFC President Dana White, Rich Franklin has signed a new six-fight contract with the promotion, with the deal going into effect for his UFC 103 headlining rematch against Dan Henderson.

Henderson defeated Franklin by split decision in their first meeting in January and the UFC surprisingly announced the rematch for September 19 in Dallas yesterday.

Franklin and Henderson have both competed at middleweight (185) and light heavyweight in recent years, though Franklin has settled in at 205-pounds while Henderson appears content to remain at 185, prompting questions as to what weight class this fight will take place at.

Franklin, who was a guest on Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie radio where he also revealed the new contract, is expecting to fight Henderson at light heavyweight, just as they did for their first meeting.

“I’m assuming (it’s at) 205,” said Franklin. “The last one was at 205. I’d guess that – I haven’t spoken to anyone about it, so anything I say is only speculation. Even if he lost to me at 205, it shouldn’t affect his standing at 185 pounds. So I’d assume the UFC would do this fight at 205.”


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