After losing to Anderson Silva twice, former middleweight champ Rich Franklin made the decision to move up to the light heavyweight division and conquered Matt Hamill in his first fight in the weight class at UFC 88 in 2008. In Franklin’s recent interview with CagedPotato.com, he talked about his change in weight class and his fight with Chuck Little at UFC 115 later on tonight.
“The UFC has repeatedly told me that they aren’t interested in seeing me fight at 185 any more,” Franklin explained. “Because of that, I moved up to 205. It all comes down to the fact that they didn’t want to do a Franklin-Silva III.
I’m a ‘never say never’ type of guy, but the problem is that if the UFC doesn’t want to see me do a title match at 185, ultimately I would be stuck fighting in that weight class without ever being able to fight for a title again, which would make no sense since that is the whole reason we do this and the goal we work towards as fighters.”
Recently, Franklin fought at a catchweight of 195lbs. against Vitor Belfort as well as Dan Henderson. As he lost both bouts, Ace says he’s making sure not fight anymore catchweight bouts in the future.
“Fighting at 195 isn’t that bad for me physically because I can cut down to that weight without cutting into the muscle that I have. If I cut back down to 185, it’s a completely different cut to make it and I will have completely undone everything I’ve done to put on the size I have. I want to make a run for the title and I don’t want to keep doing things that are counterproductive to that, like fights at 195.”
Franklin will facing off with UFC vet Chuck Liddell tonight, and although Liddell has been struggling with his past few fights, Franklin knows he’s still a force to be reckoned with.
“You can’t count Chuck out of any fight. Yeah, he hasn’t fought in a year, and yeah, he’s lost four of his past five fights, but look at what he’s done over the span of his career,” Franklin asserts. “He’s a legend and he has beaten such an incredible list of opponents, it would be a huge mistake to look past a guy like him.”