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Rich Franklin in Talks to Fight Randy Couture in June, Eyes Title Run

Rich FranklinFormer middleweight champion Rich Franklin, who moved up to light heavyweight in 2008, recently spoke to The Boston Herald about his likely matchup with Randy Couture, a run at the 205-pound title, and how much longer he plans on fighting:

“It’s not signed yet, but we’ve been working Randy now for a while. We’ve talked June, then we talked August and now we’re talking June again. I think we’re having problems with Randy’s scheduling. So I really don’t know what the plan is at this point.

“I’m at a point now where I’ve fought enough fights and it’s time for me to make a title run again and see where that takes me. That’s where my focus is Now. It depends on the speed of things. I would imagine I’ll probably end up negotiating one more contract before I retire. I’m looking at another two or three years of fighting.”

Franklin (26-5), who has five fights left on his current UFC contract, topped Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision last June before suffering a first-round knockout to Vitor Belfort in September. He underwent abdominal surgery in January that was expected to keep him out of action until May.


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