Rich Franklin's days at middleweight are done forever

via www.mmafight.com

Not exactly breaking news ... more of a confirmation of what's long been thought to be the case. 

Rich Franklin, despite his build and natural body type, has seen his last days in the middleweight division. For the remainder of his career, he will compete at 205-pounds, as he tells MMA Weekly:

"Yeah (middleweight is closed off forever for me). The UFC basically has told me that they're not interested in having me fight at 185 anymore, which is the only reason why I made the move to 205 in the first place. So rather than being stuck in this no mans land at 185-pounds, at least being at 205 I can work towards the title or something like that."

It's an awful situation the former middleweight champion finds himself in.

For starters, he found the most success in the 185-pound weight class, as evidenced by his winning that division's title. But he's also better suited for that weight because of his body composition.

It's tough for "Ace" to roll around with the monster light heavyweights housed within the UFC; guys like Forrest Griffin, who defeated Franklin in his most recent bout due largely to his superior size.

The problem with moving back down to middleweight is the fact that Anderson Silva is still the head cheese there. That's the same "Spider" that rearranged Franklin's face and utterly brutalized him on two separate occasions.

Sorry, Rich, but you're shit out of luck.

Hear more from Franklin in the full entry, including talk of a potential fight against "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz.

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