Rich ďAceĒ Franklin will get his chance to capture the UFC middleweight title from Anderson Silva when he challenges him in front of his hometown crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 20th. The event will be televised on pay-per-view, and will be available around the world. The main event between Franklin and Silva is a rematch of a 2006 fight that was won by Silva by way of first round knockout.
Franklin has a professional mixed martial arts record of 22 wins with just two losses, and one no contest. In his seven UFC fights he has a record of 6-1, with the loss coming to the man he will be fighting again, Silva. That loss came in October of 2006 at UFC 64. Silva ended the fight at just 2:59 of the first round when he was able to strike Franklin into near unconsciousness before the referee halted the contest. The only other loss of Franklinís career dates back to 2003 loss in another organization. Franklin has bounced back well since then. At UFC 68 this past May he defeated the always tough Jason MacDonald. After just one round of one-sided punishment MacDonaldís corner refused to let him return to the ring for the second round. Just four months ago he defeated Yushin Okami by unanimous decision at UFC 72, setting up the rematch with Sylva.
Anderson ďThe SpiderĒ Silva has a MMA record of 19-4, with 11 of those wins coming by way of TKO. Silva has only lost one fight in the last three years, and that came by was of a disqualification against Okami. His UFC record is a perfect one of 4 wins and 0 losses. All of his wins in the UFC have came by knockout or submission, showing he rarely likes to put a potential victory in the hands of the judges. Besides beating Franklin in his second UFC fight, he has beaten the likes of Chris Leben (debut) by a knee strike on the first round, Travis Lutter by a choke hold submission in the second round, and in his most recent outing he dispatched of Nathan Marquardt by strikes in the first round.
Being itís a rematch and Silva dominated the first contest, it is appropriate that he is the favorite heading into this fight. The line isnít as one sided as one would expect though, with Franklin sitting at +170 and the champion at -220. What could be being taken into consideration with those numbers is that Franklin will have the home support of nearly 20,000 of his closest friends cheering him on inside the U.S. Bank Arena. With 22 TKO victories between the two itís hard to imagine the rematch going the distance. Since their first fight it can be argued that Franklin has faced the better competition, but Silva has also been disposing of his opponents with unusual ease. This should be a great fight, and we should all tune in to see if Franklin can even the score.