Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin got back to winning ways in style at 205lbs with a KO win over Chuck Liddell at UFC 115, but after breaking his arm during the fight he’s been sidelined ever since.
He’s now finally healed though and he’s now confirmed that a rumored bout with Forrest Griffin will be taking place on February 5th of next year.
“Super Bowl weekend he and I are slated to be [the UFC] 126 co-main event,” Franklin tells Inside MMA.
“I’m going to have to come in really good shape for that fight because Forrest doesn’t have quit in him at all,” he says of the fight.
Beating a former champion like Griffin would put Franklin, now 36 years old, right in the mix at the upper end of the division, and he confirms that he does still have aspirations to fight for the belt.
“I’m at 205 right now, I’m trying to make a run for the title in this weight class, and so whoever I need to go through to get to that title is pretty much it, it’s a business to me.”
Check out the interview below. As a bonus there’s also a brief interview with former UFC fighter Jeff Monson who’s currently eyeing a return to the big stage at 205lbs with either Strikeforce or the UFC.