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Rich Franklin still knows nothing about possibly being The Ultimate Fighter 9 coach



"It'll be interesting to see when they actually come to me because the UFC are actually the ones who encouraged me to move up to 205 pounds. And with Bisping now being at 185 I'm not sure what they are going to do about that. I did [The Ultimate Fighter] one time and it was great, but I'm not as excited about it this time. But I'm always willing to help the UFC out and do what they need me to do so we'll talk about it after the fight."

Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin shares his thoughts on the rumors that he is on the short list of coaching candidates for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) opposite Michael Bisping during the UFC Fight Club question and answer session today for UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar." He still says he has never even been approached about the possibility and finds it a bit weird since he no longer fights in the middleweight division. "Ace" will take on Dan Henderson in the main event at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17. It's widely assumed that the winner of that match will get the nod -- both fighters have competed at 185 pounds. However, it's also possible that if Franklin defeats Henderson the UFC could go in a different direction altogether and select someone like Nate Marquardt because a third match with Anderson Silva, by his own admission, is not that interesting (the TUF 9 coaches will likely compete at the conclusion of the show for the right to challenge "The Spider" at a later date). In short, a decision on a TUF 9 U.S. coach will likely be made shortly after January 17.

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