For years, many fans likely thought of Rich Franklin while discussing Cincinnati’s MMA scene, but more recently, Matt Brown has been doing a pretty fine job of representing the Ohio city.

The 40 year-old Franklin hasn’t fought now since November, 2012, when he was KO’d by Cung Le. Although the popular fighter has said he wants to throw down in the Octagon one more time, lately he’s been working as an exec for ONE FC.

Not long ago, UFC boss man Dana White argued that Cincinnati “used to be” Franklin’s town, but that now, it belongs to “The Immortal.” While appearing on the “Great MMA Debate” podcast recently, here is what Franklin had to say about the comment, as well as the rugged Brown (quote via FOX

“I don’t have any hang ups about that or anything like that.  Because I’m at that point in my career where I’m ready to look for that next phase or whatever.  I’ll just say this — if I’m passing the torch of Cincinnati to somebody, there’s nobody I’d rather pass it to than Matt anyways,” Franklin said. “I’ve trained with the guy and we’re friends.  If I have to hand my city over, I’m going to give it to him.”

Fair enough. Over the last couple of years, Brown has become one of the UFC’s most popular welterweights, thanks to his ridiculously aggressive and entertaining style.

The 33 year-old’s seven fight winning streak, which included six stoppage wins, only furthered his appeal. During that time Brown took out the likes of Jordan Mein, Mike Pyle, Mike Swick and Erick Silva. Not too shabby.

Brown’s remarkable run came to an end in July, however, when he lost via UD to Robbie Lawler. As a result, Lawler was tapped to rematch champion Johny Hendricks, and that fight will go down on December 6th..

The #5 ranked Brown isn’t currently booked for a fight.