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Rich Franklin won't be making any assumptions against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99 on June 13



"Wanderlei is very dangerous. You can't discount all that he did in Pride. Those knees and his aggression are legendary in this sport and that's what I am going in against. You saw what he did to Keith Jardine in, what was it, 36 seconds? He can do that in a heartbeat if I let him. I don't expect him to go for any takedowns, but I learned the hard way not to underestimate anybody in any area. I really thought that, before I fought Anderson Silva, that because I was bigger I would be stronger and in my sweet spot in the clinch. I made an assumption and what happened, happened. I won't be making those assumptions again."

-Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin tries to remain grounded heading into his fight against former PRIDE smashing machine Wanderlei Silva. "Ace" will be headlining UFC 99 from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on June 13 as part of the promotions first event ever held in the land of Berliner Kindl. Both Franklin and "The Axe Murderer" are coming off losses but Silva, who is 1-4 in his last five fights including three by knockout, may have the most to lose. Wandy has his back to the wall with nothing to lose -- and that may make him more dangerous than ever. Train hard, Mr. Franklin.

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