UFC 99: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva



According to MMAWeekly, former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin will likely take on Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99 on June 13 from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.

According to the report, the two have agreed to fight each other, but it has yet to be made official by the UFC.

Both Fighter are coming off loses – Wanderlei Silva loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 92 and Rich Franklin loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 93.

UFC 99 will be the Ultimate Fighting Championships first venture to Germany.

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  1. roy

    February 18, 2009 at 8:47 am

    i wonder at what weight?

  2. Kash

    February 18, 2009 at 9:30 am

    They're both pretty natural at 205. It's got to be at that weight.

  3. Ryan S

    February 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

    hmm…that'll be interesting.

  4. derek

    February 18, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Dude this will be standing the whole time str8 boxing and ace will win wandy go sleepy time

  5. Ryan S

    February 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I don't know Derek. Wandy is pretty good at getting inside a reach and can take a good beating to the face, reguardless of the KO by Rampage. Franklin does have some awesome standup though. I don't know, I like them both and I'll be happy no matter who wins

  6. kom34

    February 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    got to hand it to the ufc for putting this one together. i'm sure wandi will look to clinch and work some knees to the body, then work to the head. just like anderson did against rich.

  7. tom

    February 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    yeah it will be on the feet the hole time but idk Silva gets in close and throw fast and hard.. but Rich has good kicks and good foot work, but what will happend in the clinch??? Anderson silva use to train in Chute Boxing gym with silva and Shogun all has badass knees..

    its going ot be a badass fight i hope rich wins

  8. Oswald Gobblecock

    February 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    This will be a great fight an I see Wanderlei takin it.

  9. Morey

    February 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    You guys see this as a good fight? Both guys are good but I'm worried it's going to be a boring fight. It's going to be Wandi moving ahead and looking to get in close. And Rich with good technical foot movement, getting out of the way, and working some counter in. As much power as both of those guys have I'm seeing decision.

  10. tom

    February 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    you got a point but with each counter rich could stop him and don't forget riches kicks to the body.. but yea it could be like chuck vs silva??

  11. Morey

    February 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Following losses Rich seems to be less willing to take chances. Wandi seems the opposite, he gets even more agressive following a loss. I really hope Wandi can bring out the brawler in Rich.

  12. dane drebin

    February 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    i will be sad for whoever loses this fight it will set one of them really far back especially wandy. i like both guys but will prolly be rooting for wandy to win. this should be an awesome fight to watch i just dont like when two of my favorite fighters fight because one of them has to lose. i'd way rather see someone i love face someone i hate anyday but it should be an awesome fight.

  13. STEVEO

    February 19, 2009 at 12:52 am

    either way there will be beatings administered which I am a huge fan of

  14. roy

    February 19, 2009 at 2:28 am

    i think this will be a great fight, but i think its a bad match up right now rich is supposed to fight at lhw and wandy is supposed to go to mw so he won't be undersized and what do they do give him the biggest mw or really another lhw.there is not alot to gain for either fighter in this one and alot to lose they both are big stars and need a win wandy should be just getting his feet wet in the mw devision not fighting one of the best in his first fight and rich should be fighting guys in the lhw devision.

  15. STEVEO

    February 19, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Roy, thats what makes both these guys fan favorites, they will fight anybody, whats the point of feeding guys opponents I would rather watch wand fight, ace, spider, yushin, maia, or nate and not beat up some never will be. MW is a decent division the problem is half the guys could go up and fight lhw. there arent alot of natural 185ers out there right now.

  16. roy

    February 19, 2009 at 7:51 am

    it will be a great fight, it just won't do much for either ace is a lhw and wandy is going down to mw to face guys his size and they put him in there with rich?i never said feed him opponents i just don't get this match up all the others you named would be better or how about leben or the other guy dropping to mw for the first time that was calling him out before?

  17. whodini

    February 19, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Wandi will take this one for sure

  18. steve

    February 19, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Wand is not a natural 205. He is a natural 185. That is his weight class. He moved up tp 205 to fight the best fighters for the ufc. He can fight at either weight class though. Rich could drop him with a well thrown right and Wand could drop him with a glancing blow. I just hope that one of these guys ktfo'd in this fight.

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