His downfall in both fights was his wrestling, or more specifically, his lack of takedown defense.
That won't be an issue on August 6 in Philadelphia, as the stellar boxing skills of "Little Nog" will finally get the chance to be on display against the accurate and always dangerous hands of "Ace."
But while Franklin tells SI.com that he's "preparing for a stand-up battle," he also knows this thing could go south at any time.
"I don't know, I've never wanted to call fights or anything like that. I'll say this much -- I'm preparing for a stand up battle with him, but it really wouldn't surprise me if for this camp he decided to take it to the ground. So really I'm kind of on my toes as to how this is going to end up being for this fight, I really don't know. It's going to be a tough fight for sure. The Nogueira brothers, these guys are definitely difficult to knock out for sure so I don't see this being something that's going to end in the first round. This has potential war written all over it."
The original "Ultimate Fighter" bullied the former math teacher, sending him to a three round unanimous decision loss and dropping him to 2-3 over his last five fights.
It's hard to imagine a scenario where either of these two legends is put on the chopping block, but as the old regime continues to fall, which one of these warriors will leave "The City of Brotherly Love" victorious?
Let's hear your pick!