Former UFC middleweight title-holder Rich Franlin will face former PRIDE 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99, according to multiple reports. The event is scheduled for June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, marking the promotions debut in the country.
Franklin recently moved up to the 205-pound division after realizing an inability to defeat middleweight champ Anderson Silva, but suffered a loss to Dan Henderson, who is moving back to middleweight, in his last outing.
Silva on the other hand is in the process of a move down from 205 to 185 after sustaining a 1-4 record in his last five fights in hopes of putting together some wins. However, he has maintained that he will fight at whichever of the two weights the UFC asks him to fight.
Regarding the weight class this fight will be held at, RichFranklin.com is reporting, “While both parties have agreed (to the fight), contracts have yet to be officially signed. Wanderlei just dropped to 185 and Rich fights at 205, so it is rumored they will meet a catch weight of 195 for this fight.”
So far the only other rumored fight for this event is the UFC return of Caol Uno against Spencer Fisher. You can follow the rumored card for UFC 99 as it develops in our rumors section under UFC 99 rumors.