"This was my first fight back down to 185-pounds. I moved down to 185-pounds to possibly make a title run before I retire. But I've had a long layoff and all that kind of stuff. I was scheduled to fight Cung (Le) and ended up with Wanderlei in Brazil. I think this was a much more difficult challenge, especially after the long layoff that I had having not fought since February of last year with Forrest and then dropping the weight, also, from 205-pounds."
Fresh on the heels of his unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva in the main event of UFC 147 last night (Sat., June 23, 2012) in Brazil, Rich Franklin says he still has hopes of making a run at the middleweight title. And while his victory over "The Axe Murderer" came at a catchweight of 190-pounds, "Ace" is considering this is re-debut in the 185-pound division. With Anderson Silva still currently ruling the roost, it's unlikely that Franklin would ever get a title shot, no matter how many wins he puts together. But if Chael Sonnen pulls an upset at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas, then things could get interesting.