UFC 93: Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson Official


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Former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (24-3) will likely take on Dan Henderson (23-7) at UFC 93, January 17 from the 02 in Dublin, Ireland.

The UFC made it official on Wednesday morning.

“Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson is a battle between two great former champions who are both looking to get another chance to wear a world title around their waist….Franklin is the former UFC Middleweight champion, and he’s a dangerous striker with solid submission skills — he also showed great takedown defense in his September destruction of powerful wrestler Matt Hamill. Dan Henderson is the former PRIDE Welterweight and Middleweight champion. He’s a world class wrestler, known for his great chin and his one punch knockout power. He defeated formidable Brazilian submission specialist Rousimar Palhares in September. These are two fan favorites with a lot of pride on the line as they want to show that they are still among the very best fighters in the world.”


  1. DanP

    September 30, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Sorry Rich…. but I think Hendo will smash you,… at least I hope so!!

    Does this mean Bisping will get Marquardt or Okami if he beats leben??

  2. steve

    October 1, 2008 at 5:09 am

    I think that Hendo is gonna be way to strong in the wrestling department and he could even be a little stronger in the stand up. Hendo definetly has the power advantage all around. But Franklin gots some good kicks but other then that Franklin is overrated and is probally like DanP said get smashed. If he dont win then its obvious the Hendo from Pride is gone and now we only get whats left over after many wars.

  3. Fedor's BANNED

    October 1, 2008 at 6:20 am


  4. Nik

    October 1, 2008 at 8:20 am

    What weight are they going to fight at?

  5. Onri

    October 1, 2008 at 9:09 am

    I don't think it really matters but probably LHW.

  6. tom

    October 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    its about time.. this will be a great fight and we will see who is the second best fght other than silva..

    i think rick has the fight..

  7. derek

    October 1, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    i think rich will pull this out. via decision.

  8. Tong Po (Click Here)

    October 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I hope Rich wins cause Rich is a good guy who never makes excuses like Dan does. After each of his 3 UFC fights he always says he should have went at a harder pace. Stop talkin and do it. You had 2 title shots, how could that not push you?

  9. dane drebin

    October 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    i think hendo has better wrestling thats obvious but i think rich will be able to get back to his feet. while hendo has more power in his strikes rich can knock u out with one punch aswell ask nate quarry and i think rich has a lot more technique in the standup. i think rich has better jitz aswell. this fight should be a war and i really hope dan hasnt gone down hill and will be the old dan we remember. if i had tio ebt tho i would put my money on rich. he's only lost to 2 guys from brazil lyoto and anderson and i dont think dan is anything like them. i cant wait for this fight i will order it for sure.

  10. DanP

    October 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Dane – Its a fair comment that Rich has only lost to Silva and Mancida… but they are the only top class oposition Franklin has ever faced so Its hard to tell how he will handle Hendo.

    The vast majority of Franklins wins were over lesser fighters (Dewees, Quarry, Louisou, McDonald ) Compare those names to the guys Hendo was fighting in Pride (Wandi, Vitor, Arona, The Nog Brothers, Renzo Gracie etc…)

    I'm sure Franklin's record wouldn't look as good if he was fighting in Pride or the UFC at 205

    Gonna be a great fight though!

  11. Atlas

    November 13, 2008 at 6:27 am

    This is a great Match up. Lets take a look at both closely.

    Both have lost to silva, Franklin on the other hand beats everyone but Silva. Yes he has a loss to Machida, very long time ago, but He beats talented guys, not no bodys. He has beaten such as Okami, Luter, Macdonald, Hamill, loiseau, quarry, nd I think Evan Tanner twice.

    I think this will truly be the test on who can grab the Light Heavy Weight Belt. I think either one of the guys can put away Griffin, but Rashad is an animal, so that would be a good fight.

    Becuase I like Rich much better than Hendo, I hope Rich destroys him. Im actually going to go to that fight.

  12. Tim

    November 13, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Go Rich

  13. roy

    November 13, 2008 at 6:51 am

    i thought you would like dan tim he is the wrestler, i got to go with dan in this one.

  14. Tim

    November 13, 2008 at 7:06 am

    I know….Honestly i like both but i dont know what it is i just like Rich a bit more…maybe its because i have only seen Hendo fight a few times personally.

  15. roy

    November 13, 2008 at 7:52 am

    should be a good fight could go either way but i am sticking with dan.

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