A light heavyweight battle between former UFC champions and fan favorites Randy Couture and Rich Franklin is being discussed as the main event for UFC 115, which is set to go down in Vancouver on June 12. Sherdog.com has the report.
Randy Couture, fresh off his submission win over fellow hall of famer Mark Coleman may be heading back to the Octagon this June to take on former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.
The fight is in the early planning stages, and Couture confirmed to Sherdog.com on Thursday that he has been broached about it.
Fresh off his dominating victory over Mark Coleman at UFC 109, "The Natural" is already in talks to determine his next opponent. If this fight ends up getting finalized, it's a nice job of matchmaking by Joe Silva and company.
These are just the type of fights that Couture has said he wants to partake in as his career winds down. Rich Franklin is a big name who will present Couture with serious challenges.
"Ace" was last seen in action at UFC 103 where he fell victim to a flurry of punches courtesy of Vitor Belfort that resulted in a first round TKO. Franklin's last two bouts have come at a catchweight of 195 lbs. as he has tried to make the transition from middleweight, where he was once champ, to light heavyweight.
UFC 115 could be the card of the "old guard" if Couture vs Franklin is indeed made official. Two other former champions are set to complete their trilogy in Vancouver when TUF 11 coaches Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell throwdown for the last time.
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