Should Rich Franklin Move Back to Middleweight?

By Blake Dreisbach

Going into UFC 126, there were a lot of people picking Forrest Griffin to beat Rich Franklin on one factor alone; his size. It was obvious when the two former champions met inside the Octagon Saturday night how much size would play into the fight, and it was even more clear when Griffin took Franklin down in the first round.

“The gameplan unfolded the way I thought it would,” Franklin said in his UFC post-fight interview. “He took me down, and he was heavy.”

Griffin controlled Franklin for the entire first round on the ground. Franklin didn’t make many attempts to get up, and didn’t want to risk getting hit trying to do so.

“I really thought that the ref would stand it up, but he didn’t,” Franklin said. “I thought I did enough in the second and third round to win the fight.”

The second and third rounds saw both fighters trading punches and kicks with nothing significant landing. Griffin was awarded the unanimous decision. Each judge scored the fight 29-28.

Where does Franklin go from here?

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