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"People ask me 'well who do you want to fight next?' I couldn't care less, this is a business to me; I'm making my way to the 205 lb. title at this point in time so as long as it's somebody that puts me in a direct line for that then I'm good to go, otherwise I don't want to waste my time. I've heard the fans talk about Forrest [Griffin] and I, I've heard the fans talk about Tito [Ortiz] and I. I know there's some fan interest out there for some particular fights, and I know that Dana is particularly interested in building fights that fans want to see, so if those guys are healthy at the time that I'm ready to return and that's a fight he wants to put on then yeah, I'm not going to say no to something like that."
Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin is hoping to throw his name into the hat of possible 205-pound title contenders after his first round knockout of former division champion Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell at UFC 115 last month in Vancouver. "Ace" is content to fight whoever the promotion puts in front of him so long as it doesn't interfere with his title aspirations. Should the former 185-pound kingpin be considered a relevant contender for light heavyweight gold? Or will the division's top dogs chew him up and spit him out?