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Rich Franklin to get ass kicked in Cincinnati


The real title of this article should be “Rich to get his ass kicked in Cincinnati OR DENVER”, but it just doesn’t have the same snap. From UFCJunkie:

With a win at last weekend’s UFC 72 event, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (22-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) secured a shot at reclaiming his belt. He’ll now face the winner of UFC 73’s fight between current champ Anderson Silva and top contender Nate Marquardt, and according to Franklin, it’ll happen in Cincinnati or Denver.

I have no idea why Denver is an alternate choice, except perhaps because it’d be a less shaming experience for Rich to lose there than in his hometown of Cincinnati. For this reason, I’m rooting for Cincinnati. At the last Ultimate Fighter finale, they had the families of the fighters at the show, and I’d really love to see Franklin’s mom witness a repeat of Silva/Franklin 1.

Oh I’m sorry … I’m doing the same thing the UFC is doing and assuming Anderson Silva is going to walk through Nate Marquardt. Which is foolish, because it seems like every time the UFC makes an assumption like that the exact opposite happens. So maybe this time they’re hedging their bets: Denver if Silva wins, and Cincinnati if Marquardt wins.