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Irish Pride
03-04-2009, 12:53 AM

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - by MMAWeekly.com Staff


The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced its next step in global expansion. UFC 99 "The Comeback" extends the company's reach in the European Union landing on June 13 in Cologne, Germany.

As originally reported by MMAWeekly.com, the main event will feature a unique 195-pound catchweight bout between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva.

"June 13, 2009, is a huge day in the history of the UFC," stated company president Dana White. "It has been a long time coming, but the best fighters on the planet are finally heading to Germany for our first event ever in mainland Europe.

“We are coming with a stacked card and a unique main event. Rich Franklin versus Wanderlei Silva is another of those dream fights fans never thought they’d get to see... but we are making it happen in Germany.

He continued, “Everyone knows Rich moved up to light heavyweight a couple of fights ago, while Wanderlei is planning on fighting at 185 pounds from now on, but this fight is too exciting a match not to happen and both these guys deserve a ton of credit for taking this fight at 195 pounds.”

White, along with UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta, and MLK CEO Marek Lieberberg, whom the UFC has partnered with for this event, at a press conference in Cologne confirmed UFC 99 will take place at the Lanxess Arena.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 13, but UFC Fight Club members can begin buying tickets on Monday, March 9.

Commenting on the UFC’s first ever event in mainland Europe, UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta said, "Our vision for the UFC has always been global. Following on from our successes in the United Kingdom and Ireland, our first card in mainland Europe is another significant step towards making the UFC's brand of mixed martial arts the biggest sport in the world."

The UFC has long been working on other territories across the globe – including Mexico, the Philippines, France, Dubai, Australia, and several other territories – so it is likely that there will be several other announcements of expansion in the near future.

03-04-2009, 02:10 AM
Haha, I thought "Franklin vs Silva" meant "Rich vs Anderson". DUH!

Anyways, Rich by KO. WAR RICH!!!!!!!!!!!

03-04-2009, 02:17 AM
Haha, I thought "Franklin vs Silva" meant "Rich vs Anderson". DUH!

Anyways, Rich by KO. WAR RICH!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I nearly had a heart attack when I first read that!

03-04-2009, 02:23 AM
before all the brutal KO's Silva has received lately, i would say Silva easy. but now i'm not so sure? i think he'll still win but his ability to take a punch is lesser than it used to be.

03-04-2009, 03:32 AM
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: When i read that I was thinking " NOOOOOOOOOOOO RICH DOOOOOOOOOOOOON'T DO IIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTT!!!!!!:scared0011: "


03-04-2009, 12:43 PM
I am not amped for this fight. I like both guys too much. Wanderlei better get to clinching. I think Rich's reach is going to be the difference maker. Unless Wanderlei can get inside and land some of those big shots.

Straight Right
03-04-2009, 02:34 PM
Not sure what this fight does for either of these guys. It doesn't improve their status or rank in their own division and is going to be a set-back for one of them. One can argue that it doesn't really hurt them as its catch-weight but it doesn't help much either. I like them both but I'm rooting for Ace and I think Rich picks him apart from outside with better reach, footwork, angles and kicks, eventual TKO. Is this going to be another PPV with no belts on the line?

03-04-2009, 05:44 PM
This is just one of those fights that need to be seen.

it may not make sense logically but if you want to fight the best and look back at your career, you will remember sharing the Octagon with Wanderlei or Franklin, than taking on a lesser known to get a strategic victory.

This is such a geniunely exciting fight, so i am pleased for the Krauts!

Just think, Beer Halls, Sausages (no innuendo thanks) and punches!


03-04-2009, 06:47 PM
I simply do not like the catch weight. Either fight at 205 or at 185. It seems that Rich wants nothing to do with 185 anymore, so why even have this fight outside of the entertainment factor? Wandy is making the right decision for his career dropping to 185, Rich on the other hand needs to establish himself at 205.