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VCURamFan
02-18-2009, 07:45 PM
LINK (http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=8204&zoneid=2)


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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make its German debut on June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. While several fights have been rumored for the event over the past couple of months, most have not come to fruition.

MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, however, was able to confirm through multiple independent sources that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight each other at UFC 99.

Franklin has fought his last two bouts at light heavyweight, returning to the division after running into a brick wall named Anderson Silva at middleweight. Even though Wanderlei Silva's fights in the UFC have all been at 205-pounds to this point, he has made public his intention of wanting to move down to the 185-pound division.

"I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and... say no problem, I'm down for 185? He say, no problem," Silva said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com (http://videos.mmaweekly.com/view_player.php?id=2991), but adding, "I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205."

It appears that he may not fight at either weight come June 13. Though it is too soon for bout agreements, sources have indicated that Franklin and Silva have agreed to face each other at a catch weight somewhere in the neighborhood of 195 pounds.

With both fighters coming off of losses Franklin to Dan Henderson and Silva to Quinton Jackson, each in the 205-pound division a catch weight fight doesn't really damage either's hopes for a title shot, as each would likely have to win a couple of fights before being considered a contender again.

A catch weight fight is a logical step for Silva to make his transition to the middleweight division a little easier. Walking around at about 208 pounds, he's never really had to deal much with weight cutting in the past, but will obviously have to in order to compete at middleweight.

The UFC has not officially confirmed any bouts yet for Germany, and it is not yet known whether Franklin and Silva will headline the UFC 99 fight card. Considering each fighter's stature in the MMA world, their bout would likely be at least a co-main event.

The only other independently confirmed bout for UFC 99 at this point is a lightweight contest between Spencer Fisher and Caol Uno.

RUMORED UFC 99 FIGHT CARD (http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/rumors.asp?articleid=8185&zoneid=14)

WANDERLEI SILVA VIDEO INTERVIEW ON THE MOVE TO 185 (http://videos.mmaweekly.com/view_player.php?id=2991)

rockdawg21
02-18-2009, 07:45 PM
Easy win for Franklin.

Crisco
02-18-2009, 07:47 PM
I do not want to see this fight. I don't want either of them to lose I hope they freaking double KO eachother or something

Straight Right
02-18-2009, 07:53 PM
I like Silva alot and think that he's better suited at 185, but regardless weight class I think that he is on the down-side of his career and that Rich is still in his prime and takes this.

Llamafighter
02-18-2009, 07:54 PM
I do not want to see this fight. I don't want either of them to lose I hope they freaking double KO eachother or something

I don't want to see it either. The ideal would be for it to look just like Chuck vs Wandy where they both come out winners in the end.

rearnakedchoke
02-18-2009, 07:57 PM
man, this will be a good fight ... i think wandy takes this ... like both guys, but wandy seems to win the style match-up better .... wandy KO rd 1

Crisco
02-18-2009, 08:01 PM
man, this will be a good fight ... i think wandy takes this ... like both guys, but wandy seems to win the style match-up better .... wandy KO rd 1

You really think Wandy has the style advantage?


Umm how?

Rich is the more techincal striker and he also has knockout power. If Wandy can refine his striking a bit he will be more dangerous.

Krupp
02-18-2009, 08:19 PM
?WTF? Is the UFC trying to retire Wanderlei or something? We all know he's a warrior, but seriously...every fight he's had since coming back to the UFC has been against a top ten contender so far. This is just ridiculous.

With that said, I want Wanderlei to have one last great win in his career...but I'm not going to hope for it. Not against Rich. I'm not gonna watch this pay per view.

hizo64
02-18-2009, 09:03 PM
WHY UFC?! I love them both!! Ya I am not gonna be happy with the result of this fight either way, Rich and Wandy are my boys.

Tyburn
02-18-2009, 09:34 PM
:cry:

Joe Silva should be taken out and shot for this. Noone wants to see this fight. Noone wants to see these two fight in any division let alone at a catch weight. Noone wants to see either of them loose...its distressing :angry:

Champ2be
02-18-2009, 10:08 PM
Man this sucks. I am not watching this fight. :unsure:

Jason 16
02-18-2009, 10:52 PM
umm what the hell........
Loss Quinton Jackson KO (Punch) UFC 92 - The Ultimate 2008 12/27/2008 1 3:21
Win Keith Jardine KO (Punches) UFC 84 - Ill Will 5/24/2008 1 0:36
Loss Chuck Liddell Decision (Unanimous) UFC 79 - Nemesis 12/29/2007 3 5:00
Loss Dan Henderson KO (Punches) PRIDE 33 - Second Coming 2/24/2007 3 2:08
Loss Mirko Filipovic KO (Head Kick) PRIDE - Final Conflict Absolute 9/10/2006 1 5:26

now this. Iam by far the biggest wandy fan here and I DONT LIKE this one bit
best case for this fight it would be a muy thai(wandy)/ greco(rich) fight and goes all three rounds worst case its like the CC fight wandy throwing loopy punches and rich throwing right down the middle followed by GNP

lc87
02-18-2009, 11:17 PM
I love watching both fighters but im gonna pull for rich. I've met him and his persona reminds me a lot of matts. Down to earth loves his fans and stuff.

Max
02-18-2009, 11:19 PM
Im excited about this fight. Wandy is always fun to watch and so is Rich. I think if Wandy is able to get control in the clinch I think he can KO Rich.

Black Mamba
02-18-2009, 11:45 PM
I don't want to see this fight either. :cry:

I've had the pleasure of meeting both fighters in person, and they are some very humble and down to earth individuals.

Spiritwalker
02-19-2009, 12:25 AM
Ace vs The Axe Murderer...

ahhhhh man....

Rich is by far my favorite of the two

This will be a good fight.. but hard to watch..

I see Rich taking this one, by GnP.

Mac
02-19-2009, 01:13 AM
Wanderlie seems like a great guy . But i want to see Rich maul him . I think this has the makings to be an AWSOME fight and i think Rich has all the tools to rip it out of Wandys hands. I soooo would love to see Rich make his way to the 205 title. Thatd be sweet.

lc87
02-19-2009, 01:24 AM
Or to see rich machida 2 would be cool to let him try and avenge a loss.

matthughesfan21
02-19-2009, 01:28 AM
WAR RICH!!!I like Wandy, but I like Rich much better, and I think this fight would be better for Rich because he is still in his prime and Wandy seems like he could be declining a bit

VCURamFan
02-19-2009, 02:58 AM
Yeah, I pretty bummed to have to pick sides in this one, too. This will make 3 straight fights for Rich in which I've hated rooting against his opponent.

MattHughesRocks
02-19-2009, 03:27 AM
Dave, they don't fight to the death for cryin' out loud :laugh:
I like Wandy, LOVE Franklin so WAR RICH! :w00t:


:cry:

Joe Silva should be taken out and shot for this. Noone wants to see this fight. Noone wants to see these two fight in any division let alone at a catch weight. Noone wants to see either of them loose...its distressing :angry:

Josh
02-19-2009, 03:45 AM
What a great fight this will be. Wandy is my favorite fighter but I really like Rich too. Wandy all the way baby.

MMeh
02-19-2009, 05:33 PM
Ugh, I can't root against one of these guys :cry: Crisco, I like you're double KO idea, maybe they can have three epic rounds and go 30-30 draw.

rockdawg21
02-19-2009, 05:36 PM
Anybody who calls himself an axe murderer deserves to die at the hands of Rich Franklin.

Llamafighter
02-19-2009, 05:40 PM
Anybody who calls himself an axe murderer deserves to die at the hands of Rich Franklin.

LOL
in Wandy's defense he was given that nickname by the Japanese fans because of his "no mercy" fighting style!

Jonlion
02-19-2009, 06:40 PM
Great fight, great match up, a fight that will bring in people to watch it, could also provide both with a stand up war which whatever way will be good for their career in the UFC. Both will get a big pay day, the Germans get a great fight and so do we.

I like both fighters, will be great to watch them duke it out!

Preach
02-19-2009, 07:39 PM
WAR WANDY

ufcfan2
02-19-2009, 08:14 PM
:cry:

Joe Silva should be taken out and shot for this. Noone wants to see this fight. Noone wants to see these two fight in any division let alone at a catch weight. Noone wants to see either of them loose...its distressing :angry:


:fighting0023: :faint:

Jason 16
02-20-2009, 01:14 AM
WAR WANDY

thank you

Hughes_GOAT
02-20-2009, 04:15 AM
Rich doesn't like getting pressured and that's exactly what Wandy does. comes right at you. only problem is Wandy has been KO'd too much, too often as of late.

i'll take Wandy in this one.

hizo64
02-20-2009, 02:37 PM
The more I think about this fight the more excited Im getting for it. I think Wandy's head cant take as many dings as it used too, and he's going to be knocked out easier. War BOTH!!

atomdanger
02-20-2009, 10:34 PM
You really think Wandy has the style advantage?


Umm how?

Rich is the more techincal striker and he also has knockout power. If Wandy can refine his striking a bit he will be more dangerous.

I don't think Rich has knockout power that Wandy has.

Rich has KOed one person.... now, although that means he does have KO power,
it isn't like he is laying guys out left and right.

billwilliams70
02-21-2009, 03:34 AM
Not necessarily a big fight with title shot ramifications, but it's always good to see two warriors go at it.

I think this will be a pretty good fight, ending with Franklin's hand being raised due to a 2nd round KO.

Just my two lincolns.

Later.

CHITOWNHUGHESFAN
02-21-2009, 03:41 AM
Two of my favorite fighters. Hate to see them matched up. Im thinking if Franklin jabs and stays away he will take it. Or Silva will knock him out:unsure: .