UFC 127: Forrest Griffin vs Rich Franklin in the works for February 5

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UFC light heavyweight veterans Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin appear to be heading toward a Super Bowl Weekend showdown at UFC 127 on February 5 in Las Vegas.

MMA Fighting brought word of the pending match up today.

Griffin has sat out all of 2010 after undergoing shoulder surgery this past spring.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 winner most recently defeated Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 last November via split decision. Forest was scheduled to meet Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114 earlier this year but was forced to pull out of the contest due to the aforementioned shoulder injury.

A win over the always tough Franklin could catapult Griffin back towards the top of the 205-pound class.

Rich Franklin has enjoyed decent success of late and a victory over Griffin would likely put him near the top of the light heavyweight division as well.

"Ace" was of course last seen knocking out Chuck Liddell at UFC 115 this past June. Prior to that win, Franklin was a victim of a KO loss himself when Vitor Belfort ended his night early at UFC 103.

Rich was coming off a controversial win against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99.

Early favorite in this boutt?

Keep it locked to MMAmania.com for more on what looks to be a stacked Super Bowl Weekend card.

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