In fact, "Ace" was trumped not once, but twice by "The Spider," who hasn't relinquished the title since usurping the throne from Franklin at UFC 64 way back in October 2006. It was enough to send the former titleholder to the Light Heavyweight division, with mixed results, but now he's back and ready to make "one more run."
Well, sort of.
"Down the road, I'm looking for a title shot and I don't necessarily think a win over Cung will put me in that immediate title mix. I still think the UFC is going to make me beat one of the top five guys that are there now, possibly somebody like a Bisping or a Stann, or Chris Weidman. Somebody like that after this fight is what I'm gonna have to do to earn that title shot against Anderson. Macau, China, first show in China was a really exciting possibility to me so I'm open to it. We'll just see what happens with this healing time."
Hear Franklin elaborate on his Octagon future to the gang at Inside MMA, after the jump.