Typically when the UFC holds cards overseas, the match-ups are usually less than spectacular. When UFC 99 hits Germany this June, however, we could be seeing a card that will be stacked from top to bottom.
Some rumored match-ups already include a lightweight championship fight between BJ Penn and Kenny Florian, the return of Caol Uno taking on Spencer Fisher, as well as the return of Mirko Cro Cop in a possible bout with Randy Couture. Not too bad, is it?
Fans can now add two more fan favorites into the mix, as it appears that Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva will be locking horns on the main card as well.
MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, however, was able to confirm through multiple independent sources that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight each other at UFC 99.
“I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and… say no problem, I’m down for 185? He say, no problem,” Silva said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, but adding, “I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205.”
It appears that he may not fight at either weight come June 13. Though it is too soon for bout agreements, sources have indicated that Franklin and Silva have agreed to face each other at a catch weight somewhere in the neighborhood of 195 pounds.
The UFC has typically refrained from holding fights at catch weights, but since neither fighter is one or two wins away from a title shot in either the middleweight or light heavyweight division, this decision makes sense. With Silva on his way down to 185 and Franklin on his way up to 205, both fighters should be more than happy not having to make the full cut down to 185 for this fight.
The UFC looks to deliver some spectacular cards early this summer, and I, for one, can’t wait. So who’s available for UFC 101?