Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin has revealed he believed Brazilian MMA legend, Wanderlei Silva would have been handed a shot at the title if he had managed to beat him at UFC 147 earlier this month in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Speaking via MMAMania.com, Franklin said:
“I would like to make a title run before I retire. I don’t know who I will be fighting next, but I believe if Wanderlei had beaten me, they would have given him a title shot against the winner of Silva and Sonnen.”
Franklin announced his title intentions with the win over “The Axe Murderer” despite the bout being fought at a catchweight of 190 pounds. The big question is with fighters like Michael Bisping and Hector Lombard lying in wait for a shot at the champion, where does the win leave “Ace” in terms of the title picture? Tell us what you think…