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Rich Franklin Survived, Thrived Vs. Wanderlei Silva

As the second round of Saturday night’s UFC 147 main event between Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin started to come to an end, it appeared as if “Ace” was about finished, as well.

Instead, the former UFC middleweight champion survived Silva’s furious attack and proceeded to take the five-round affair via decision in Silva’s backyard of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

“I honestly can’t remember,” said Franklin, when asked how he got out of the second round during the post-fight show on FUEL TV. “I know I got dropped and then the next thing I remember was my corner man said it’s the fifth round. It’s something that’s happened before and something I’m used to working through.”

Franklin was expected to face Cung Le in July, but opted for the rematch with Silva after an injury knocked Vitor Belfort out. The plan for Franklin is to continue to work at middleweight, maybe making one final title run before retiring.

“The UFC didn’t want to do a third fight between me and Anderson Silva since I lost twice to him,” Franklin said. “But now there’s been some time off from those fights and I’m not going to make a run at 205, I’m just not big enough. I’m 37 now and I’m going to put some wins together and make a run for a title.”

Franklin was making his return to action for the first time in over a year, as a torn labrum placed him on the sidelines following a loss to Forrest Griffin.

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