UFC 103: Dan Henderson vs Rich Franklin 2



The Ultimate Fighting Championships announced today, Dan “Hollywood” Henderson (25-7) will take on Rich “Ace” Franklin (25-4) for the second time this year, in the main event at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas, TX.

Henderson pulled off the split decision win in their first fight at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland.

Following his win over Micheal Bisping at UFC 100, Dan Henderson was expected to be next in line for a title shot with current UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. It know looks like he will have to get past Rich Fanklin, again, before begin considered the top UFC middleweight contender and get another shot at the belt.

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  1. zack

    July 21, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Why secretly rooting for Hendo, STEVEO??? Be proud to root for Hendo to win this fight, I am. Dan is goin KO Rich this time just like Bisping's dumba**. Maybe after Hendo beats Rich again, the UFC will finally give him a what he deserves, a middleweight title shot.

  2. Mike

    July 21, 2009 at 12:43 am

    well Franklin said he wouldn't take Wandy at 185lbs so im guessing Dan is fighting him at 195lbs or 205.

    UNLESS Dana has offered Franklin the chance for Silva/Franklin 3 (which i doubt).

    Marquardt may not have beat better comp that Dan, but i think Dana is holding off on Gegard (provided he beats babalu) and Vitor Belfort (provided he beats Santiago)

    also Maia is working up quite the win streak and that tends to make the Marq v Maia fight more interesting than the Bisping vs Hendo fight (in terms of contender)

  3. zack

    July 21, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Yeah tom, the fight is at 205.

    But, Why do you think Dan lost the last fight??? Because of an accidental headbutt or an accidental eye poke that happened with less than 30 seconds to go in the fight. Those 2 things did not change the outcome of the fight. Rich never really did anything to Dan and definitely didn't hurt him. Dan did a lot of damage to Rich and really cotrolled the first 2 rounds. I do believe Rich won the third. The fight really should have been a unaniomous win for Hendo but one stupid a** judge named Chris Watts gave a 30-27 to Rich. Even Rich was shocked when they announced that the judge gave him all the rounds. Everyone know that was complete bullsh*t. The other 2 judges actually scored the fight correctly 29-28 Henderson. Dan definitely won that fight fair and square..Period…

  4. sy

    July 21, 2009 at 1:12 am

    i cant understand this rematch so soon i wonder if they fight at 205 and say rich wins r they still gonna give hendo his shot at 185. but i cant see that happenin the ufc raly puts its foot in it sometimes i admit i wanna see a rematch but not b4 silva hendo its just mad

  5. johnny

    July 21, 2009 at 4:30 am

    I sat here and read all your comments. Henderson is a true hall of famer, but true mma people relize franklin won that first fight thats why there having this rematch. I see the kinda going the same way with franklins conditioning being the deciding factor. This would be a much better fight if it were a five rounder.

  6. Al 2.0

    July 21, 2009 at 4:36 am

    There are close fights all the time and they don't rematch them. What true mma fan wants to see this again over hendo/silva 2? Hey while were at it, franklin can take on wanderlei again cause that was close. No, i want to see rich take on every fighter he lost a close fight to, put them all in the cage and have rich take them all on…now that could be something i'd want to see.

  7. johnny

    July 21, 2009 at 4:44 am

    I agree hendo should have gotten his title shot, but its not happening hes going to have to beat franklin first. Which me personally, im glad to see this rematch because i am one of the many that felt franklin was robbed the first time. Probably the same way all you hendo fans feel he is gettin robbed of his title shot.

  8. johnny

    July 21, 2009 at 4:50 am

    and one question why are these people sayin they want to see franklin and ortiz. we all know we'll never see tito in the ufc again.

  9. johnny

    July 21, 2009 at 5:18 am

    wow thats shocking!!! I would love to see tito back in the octagon. I think he would need a couple warm up fights before he starts fighting the elite of the ufc again. one thing tito does do is sell ppv

  10. zack

    July 21, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Well johnny, your the only one that want to see this rematch because you are obvoiusly a big Franklin fan and you want to see him win. I'm sorry but Franklin DID NOT BEAT Dan that first fight. Franklin never did anything to Dan. Dan controlled the fight and did a lot more damage to Franklin, than Franklin did to him. Your crazy if you thought Rich win that fight. I'm a TRUE MMA PERSON, what your saying is ludacris, Frankiln definitely didn't win that fight. ONE, stupid a** JUDGE Chris Watts gave Franklin a 30-27 victory over Dan. That was complete bullsh*t. Dan definitely won the first two rounds and I think Frankin won the last round. The other two judges got it exactly right with a 29-28 decision victory for Dan. If it wasn't for that stupid judging, Dan would have won a unanimous decision. So the fight wasn't that close. People need to quit saying that bullsh*t, it was a close fight and Franklin won. NO, HE DIDN'T…..

  11. zack

    July 21, 2009 at 6:12 am

    johnny, Obvoiusly your not a true MMA person or you would have known Tito's coming back to the UFC. That's old news already, TRUE MMA PERSON.

  12. johnny

    July 21, 2009 at 7:59 am

    well zack i guess you saw what u wanted to see. most people i know felt franklin controled the fight. hendo was winded after the first round, and franklin out worked him every round. but what u think and wht i think doesnt matter they r going to fight again and we ll see whats gonna happen.

  13. Ryan S

    July 21, 2009 at 8:24 am

    So Zack, Hendo won the first 2 rounds and Franklin won the last, in your opinion? How is it that it is so far fetched to think that Franklin could win? And why the fuck are you so upset about this? Is Dan Henderson your dad? Franklin is one of the most respectful fighters out there, not to discredit Henderson though. I could easily see either one win this fight. They both have really strong strengths. I think to say Rich Franklin is afraid to get knocked out is just foolish. STEVE, where are you on this? This whole thread is so retarded it's great. I don't think the fight should happen. I think Henderson should get a title shot, if not next, very soon. I will back Franklin on this fight, but I won't be too upset if Henderson wins, I like them both. I'll have to check this site afterwards though to witness the tears of intense anguish coming from some of the people commenting here.

  14. zack

    July 21, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Yeah Ryan S, me, a bunch of other smart people and 2 smart judges scored the fight correctly 29-28 Hendo. That was the right scoring, FYI. And Dan isn't my dad, a**. I'm just pissed off because i'm a Hendo fan and this rematch is bullsh*t, he deserves a rematch with Anderson, if anybody. Nobody hardly ever has a rematch with someone they just fought and beat 6 months ago. The UFC and Joe Silva are screwin Dan out of a title shot.

    johnny, I'd bet you were Ohio and the people you know are that saw the fight are from Ohio, maybe not. But, you are right about one thing. You'll believe what you want to believe and I'll believe what i want to believe. And they will fight again and you'll see what Dan does to old Richee boy this time…

  15. Al 2.0

    July 21, 2009 at 11:59 am

    No johnny, dana said him and tito made up and we’ll probably see him in the octagon in the fall…people want tito to fight franklin to see tito get his ass literally handed to him, as I would like to see.

  16. Ryan S

    July 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I see Zack, and I agree with you, but you really are getting unnecesarily ridiculous about it. And I didn't ask you what the score was, I know what it was. I asked your OPINION. It may be different from the actual score. I really don't see how you can say that Henderson will destroy Franklin next time they meet based off a DECISION win that was not even dominant. Sure, he may win again, hell he probably has the edge, but still, everyone thought the same thing about GSP and Serra.

  17. Al

    July 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Ryan I already sat in my dark roomed and cried by myself after I heard Dan wasn't getting another title shot haha…

    And Ryan's right Zack, you get to worked up and start name calling and attacking people…this isn't high school anymore, or it may be for you, I duno. But just chill and discuss some mma with your buddies on cagetoday. You sound more intelligent when your not bashing on people.

  18. Al

    July 21, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    roomed?? haaha

  19. zack

    July 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    To be honest I dont' start name calling people til they start name calling me first. I admit i do get a little worked up when people say stupid stuff like, I'm an idiot or I'm not a true MMA person, knowledge wise. I'll try to calm it down a bit. Sorry to anyone that I upset.

  20. johnny

    July 22, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Good morning to all my fellow mma fans.

    and a special good mprning to my man zach.

    we are all one day closer to my BJ Penn puttin a whippin on Kenny florian.

    and Zach your right hendo deserves his title shot. after one of the most viscious ko's over michael the jackass Bisping and a contriversial descion over franklin weather i like it or not hendo's hand was raised in the end. thats 2 wins over top 10 or even top 5 opponents. but its not happening and i dont think he is going to be the one with his hand raised this time. The fight shouldnt be happening but it is. Question though where does the ufc go if franklin does win this time??? hendo frank 3 ????

    or even worse silva frank 3 ???

  21. STEVEO

    July 22, 2009 at 1:13 am

    hendo does deserve a shot but i wouldnt say that nate doesnt, lets remember other than hendersen hes one of few guys that have won a round against silva and that was a few years ago when he was still great, not saying he cant be now, but after those last few terds i am going to need to see something against forrest for him to make me a believer again. And I absoluteyl have no desire to see damian maia fight period let alone in a title fight that would likely be boring as shit ( see thales leites )

  22. johnny

    July 22, 2009 at 2:50 am

    I dont understand silvas thinking behind this fight. Although i think franklin has a very good shot to win this fight what is the purpose. Franklin is not looking for another fight with silva he wants to stay at 205. I think if you wanted to have hendo have another fight instead of givin him a title shot have him fight marquardt and have the winner get a title shot. But this is what we have and i dont think we have anything much to complain about,we have 2 future hall of famers going at it again!!

  23. zack

    July 22, 2009 at 4:27 am

    johnny, actually 3 wins over top ten. He's beaten Palahares too and he's a really good fighter. He had a (18-1) record, I believe before he fought Hendo and lost. I disagree with you again johhny about who's hand will be raised. But it will be Hendo winning his 4th fight in a row. The question I think is. Where does Rich go after losing another fight to Hendo? Retire…Gatekeeper at 205 for up and coming light heavys…I don't know??? And johnny one more thing, you never did tell me if I was right about you being from Ohio….

  24. zack

    July 22, 2009 at 4:31 am

    johnny, I do happen to agree with you completely about one thing…BJ kickin KenFlo's ass Aug. 8th…

  25. johnny

    July 22, 2009 at 5:22 am

    no Zack im actually im from florida. Ft.myers to be exact.

    and yes rich is one of my favorite fighters. and i also like hendo. im with u on one thing why this rematch so soon. there were other fights out there for both fighters. I would have rather seen hendo get his rematch with silva and see franklin fight a top 205er. Rashad or Jardine and make his run at 205.

  26. johnny

    July 22, 2009 at 5:25 am

    and oh yeah Zach i see BJ destroyin florian i see a stoppage in the 3rd!!

  27. dane drebin

    July 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

    why the hell is this fight happening it makes no sense. i like bothe fighters and like the first fight it could go either way again.

    P.S. Zack funny how u call rich a buncha names when he's the nicest guy in the ifc and would slap u around like a little bitch if u ever got in the ring with him. why the franklin hate he's never talked shit in his life.

  28. dane drebin

    July 22, 2009 at 11:50 am


  29. Joey

    July 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Its a good fight. I don't really care. If I was Dan Henderson I wouldn't have agreed to this fight. He should be fighting for the title. I'm a fan of Kampmann and Swick but they haven't proven themselves as much.

  30. zack

    July 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    dane drebin, I would slap u around like a little bitch if u ever got in the ring with me, bitch. So f*ck you, too…

  31. Ryan S

    July 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    dude, why do you edit some of your swearing but not all of it? Why censor any of it? Who is going to get mad at you for the language? Zack, I get a funny feeling you don't train…

  32. zack

    July 23, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I don't know??? So, what if I train or not? Why do you even care??? That doesn't mean you don't know how to fight if you do not train…

  33. Al 2.0

    July 23, 2009 at 5:41 am

    woops, training, not training, hmmmmm

  34. zack

    July 23, 2009 at 5:46 am

    I never said, I train or I don't train…

  35. zack

    July 23, 2009 at 6:08 am

    I never was calling Rich a bunch of names. I havn't said any really bad about Rich since comment 19. Which I just said that I don't like Franklin. I actually said Rich was a very good fighter that Hendo beat and Rich would be in the hall o fame and said that I just think Dan will win the next fight too. I know I can't hang with Franklin in the ring, I never said that I could or anything like that.

  36. zack

    July 23, 2009 at 6:39 am

    The reason I called Rich names very early in the comments, is because i was just pissed about hearing the news of this rematch, being a huge Hendo fan and the fact that I really don't like Franklin. I guess I should have just said that, instead of bashing Rich…

  37. johnny

    July 28, 2009 at 4:49 am

    I read today on mma news the fight maybe called off due to affliction folding and tito commin back to the ufc.

    the rumor is a co main event

    hendo vs belfor

    franklin vs ortiz!

    now that would be fuckin awesome!!

  38. dane drebin

    July 28, 2009 at 7:00 am

    hell ya both those fights would be sick and could go either way imo but i dont think ortiz is fully healed and back in shape yet is he?

  39. johnny

    July 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

    You ant kiddin. Id love to see both fights.

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