Rich Franklin believes he can beat Anderson Silva

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Rich Franklin may have fallen twice at the hands of Anderson Silva, but he still believes that he has what it takes to beat him and would like a third shot.

Rich Franklin lost his UFC middleweight title back in late 2006 after Anderson Silva beat him down. Franklin got another shot at him in 2007, and the same thing happened. Nowadays the 39-year-old has been teetering on the brink of retirement, but he'd still like another shot at beating the main that badly broke his nose long ago. In an interview on Submission Radio, he was asked about a possible third fight with Silva and gave his reasoning behind why he'd welcome the opportunity (transcribed by David St. Martin of MMA Fighting):

"Would I fight Anderson a third time? Absolutely," says Franklin. "Is it because I feel like I have some unfinished business? Not at all. It's just, in my mind as a champion and to have the mentality of a champion I 100% wholeheartedly believe that I can beat Anderson in a fight."

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"It wouldn't be for any reason like redemption of vengeance or retribution or any other kinda cool word that we've seen on a UFC poster before, but yeah I would fight him and I believe I could beat him."

He also discussed Silva's leg injury at UFC 168, sympathizing with him and comparing it to the injuries he has suffered himself while fighting:

"Now, I have a plate in my hand much like Anderson has a rod in his leg and I know how difficult that is," says Franklin. "Fortunately, I'm hitting things direct, straight impact where Anderson is moving his leg like a ball bat, so I really don't understand how he's gonna be able to kick with that leg in the future, because it's his left, it's his rear leg, it's his kicking leg. So I don't know how he's going to be able to move forward that way with that leg."

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"We'll see what Anderson does on the backend of his career but I'd look for him to return and I'd look for him to hunt for the title again at some point in time," says Franklin. "We'll just see if he can get there."

Franklin is currently working on building a brand of juice stores and bakeries, and recently turned down a chance to fight in his hometown of Cincinnati at UFC Fight Night 40.

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