You can add Rich Franklin to the seemingly, ever growing list of fighters who want to battle Michael Bisping. Although, in this case, it’s not (apparently) because of anything the outspoken Bisping has said or done. It’s just because the former middleweight champ thinks it would be an entertaining scrap. No arguments here.
Franklin has stated publicly recently that although he’s 38, and coming off a thunderous KO loss to fellow vet Cung Le, he’s not quite ready to hang up the gloves. In a recent interview with MMA Weekly.com, Franklin acknowledged that the defeat to Le has likely brought an end to another title run, but that because he has one or two fights on his current UFC deal, he hopes to fight again and see how things go. Here’s where Bisping comes in.
“I look at my Twitter and a lot of people talk about (Michael) Bisping,” said Franklin. “That would be an exciting fight and something the fans would want to see. I’m an exciting fighter, he’s an exciting fighter, and we both like to throw down.”
While Bisping would likely be honored to fight a legend like Franklin, and there’s little doubt that it probably would be a pretty good scrap, the British middleweight is likely looking for a bout with one of the top ranked middleweights. Even though Franklin worked his way to another unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva last June, who in turn defeated Bisping by UD in 2010, “The Count” has a lot more to lose than the American if they were to fight.
Franklin also added in the interview that he’s willing to fight at middleweight, catch-weight or light-heavyweight if the fight makes sense. There’s little doubt the UFC will come up with an interesting match-up for Franklin. They always seem to.
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Article by Kelsey Mowatt