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Rich Franklin Will Reportedly Face Matt Hamill As Light Heavyweight At UFC 88

Rich Franklin vs Matt Hamill UFC 88

Speculation that Rich Franklin may test the waters in the UFC’s current light heavyweight division appears to be more than just rumor as is reporting that Franklin’s set to face Matt Hamill at UFC 88 in the 205lbs. division. has learned that Rich Franklin will face Matt Hamill at UFC 88 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta on Sept. 6. This fight will mark Franklin’s return to the 205lbs. division. first reported that Franklin was considering moving up to the light heavyweight division yesterday. Today, was able to confirm the switch as well as his opponent.

I’m glad to see Franklin moving up, at least for the time being. He obviously isn’t going to be taking Anderson Silva’s middleweight belt away from him anytime soon. It doesn’t make much sense for Rich or the UFC to have Franklin stay at 185lbs. and continue to knock off title contenders.

I like this matchup with Matt Hamill as well. Hamill is a much improved fighter since his stint on season three of The Ultimate Fighter. Despite the awful decision that put him on the losing end of a solid performance against Michael Bisping at UFC 75, Hamill came back strong and looked great in a dominant win over Tim Boetsch at Ultimate Fight Night 13.

Franklin may be the more talented, experienced and skilled of the two fighters, but 20lbs. is a big step up in weight and Hamill is no slouch. It’s an appropriate test for Franklin to see where he fits in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

The latest UFC 88 fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD