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UFC 68: Rich Franklin can't wait to fight

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UFC 68 fighter Rich Franklin
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (20-2) preferred to fight at UFC 67 in February to rinse away the bitter taste of defeat as soon as possible, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Here's a snip from "Ace:"

"Coming back in February may not have been the most intelligent thing to do, but I think it's a natural reaction of a competitive person that when they lose they want to get back on track to prove themselves. In a situation like this, you've got a loss on your mind, and there's nothing more that you want to do than get back in the ring and make things right again."

Apparently, the UFC didn't think he was ready and decided to instead book him for a fight with Jason MacDonald (18-7) at UFC 68 on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.

Here's a snip from UFC President Dana White:

"Rich is a competitor, but we always put the best interests of our fighters first. Sometimes we need to step in and make a decision a fighter doesn't agree with. Having Rich fight in March gives him more time to heal and gives him a chance to fight in front of his hometown fans."

Not surprisingly, Franklin is in no rush to fight the man who put him on the shelf in the first place with a shattered nose back in October 2006 at UFC 64, Anderson Silva (18-4).

Here's another snip:

"Winning is what's important to me, not that belt. I don't want to set my sights on just the belt. If winning is my goal, and I win, the belt will come."

I can't say that I blame him. That looked like it hurt real bad.