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UFC 99 - Wanderlei Silva Vs Rich Franklin

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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, 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.


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Post #1   2/18/09 3:43:19PM   

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holy ****......fukeneh!!!

all the ingredients for a great fight.

Post #2   2/18/09 3:45:17PM   

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That's F-ing awsome. I just **** my pants!

Post #3   2/18/09 3:50:01PM   

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realllllllllllllllllllly excited to see this. Like the Hendo v. Ace fight though i really hate to see other guy take a "L" from this. Hope they put on a great show and continue to build on already great careers.

War Ace
War Wand

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That's an awesome matchup! I cant pick a winner off the top of my head, but it will probably be a slugfest either way. I wonder why the catchweight though.

Post #5   2/18/09 3:57:00PM   

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Wow this is a great match, big fans of both. idk, I pick Wand but Rich could win.

Props Again Joe Silva

Post #6   2/18/09 4:01:58PM   

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Major props to Joe Silva for this one

this has all the makings for an amazing fight. it'll be interesting to see how Wanderlei handles the reach disadvantage. this fight can really go 1 of 2 ways; Huge KO for Wanderlei or a UD for Franklin. i'll be going for the first option

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I like it when they take Wandys quote direct ..

"I like fight, Rich is good"

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Awesome matchup! I think Rich takes this fight though. I'm not sure what it'll mean for Rich if he wins, but it'll be a great fight.

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i actually think i just made a mess

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This is a great fight...

but at the same time, I'm not crazy about Wanderlei taking on such a skilled opponent when he's not used to dropping such weights. I don't know who'll take this one. I'm worried for Wand.

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this is amazing. when have we ever heard of a bout at a catch weight and it actually coming to fruition. this fight is gonna make history and im taking rich with a 2nd round tko

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I feel really bad for Rich. Man how can you not be a fan of MMA

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I like this fight.The catchweight doesn't make any sense-I mean c'mon,Rich fought Hendo at 205 for a shot to fight Bisping at 185,and now you want him to fight Wandy at 195?Why can't they just fight at 205?If Wandy wants to fight at 185,then go down to 185 and fight someone there.Rich isn't a 185'er anymore,he's at 205.If the UFC wants to do that fight,and they should,it needs to be at 205.

But anyway,that's a pickem fight.Technical striking goes to Rich.Power goes to Wandy.Clinch goes to Wandy.Footwork goes to Rich.BJJ about equal.GnP goes slightly to Rich.Neither guy has the best jaw,but I'd give the edge to Wandy -he's been put down recently by a Cro Cop head kick and huge punches from Hendo and Rampage,while Franklin has been dropped and seriously hurt by Machida,Evan Tanner,David Lousieau,and of course Anderson Silva twice.He was able to bounce back and win in the Tanner and Lousieau fights (and absolutley dominate BTW),but he got clipped BAD in both those fights.If Wandy clips him,he'll most likely get finished.

But if you compare their recent performances,I think Rich would have to be a heavy favorite going into the fight.I'm a big fan of both guys so this is a win-win for me.I'm looking forward to this one.

WB.

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Posted by Chuteboxer

This is a great fight...

but at the same time, I'm not crazy about Wanderlei taking on such a skilled opponent when he's not used to dropping such weights. I don't know who'll take this one. I'm worried for Wand.



195 tho, not a huge drop

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