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Franklin-Hamill, Henderson-Palhares, and Parisyan-Yoshida Added To UFC 88

Rich FranklinRich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill, Dan Henderson vs. Rousimar Palhares, and Karo Parisyan vs.Yoshiyuki Yoshida have been officially added to UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta.

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will return to the 205-pound light heavyweight division at UFC 88 to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 3” cast member Matt Hamill. Franklin (23-3) is coming off a TKO victory over Travis Lutter at UFC 83 and has lost just three times in his 26-fight career: twice to current UFC middleweight champion and to UFC light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida. Hamill (4-1) won his first bout on “The Ultimate Fighter” but was unable to continue in the competition due to injuries. After winning three straight bouts following the show Hamill lost a controversial split decision to Michael Bisping but bounced back with a second-round TKO win over Tim Boetsch in April.

Former PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson will look to bouce back from back-to-back losses against up-and-coming middleweight Rousimar Palhares. Henderson (22-7) most-recently dropped back-to-back bouts against UFC champions Quinton Jackson and Anderson Silva but had previously won six of his last seven fights. Palhares (8-1) defeated veteran Ivan Salaverry via first-round submission in his UFC debut in May and has won six straight bouts.

Longtime welterweight contender Karo Parisyan will look to bounce back against up-and-comer Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88. Parisyan (18-5) was next in line for a shot at the 170-pound title but a second-round TKO loss to Thiago Alves in April caused Parisyan to lose his first opportunity to win a UFC championship. Yoshida (10-2), the winner of Cage Force’s welterweight tournament, defeated “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Jon Koppenhaver via first-round submission at his UFC debut in May.

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