Rich Franklin will begin his quest back in the UFC’s middleweight division later this year when he takes on Cung Le at UFC 148.

For “Ace,” all roads – hopefully – lead to another chance at the UFC middleweight title, a belt he has wore before. If that is the case, and Anderson Silva is still wearing the title at that point, Franklin feels the third time would be the charm if the two were to square off, as he told MMA Canada in a recent interview.

If I was able to put another title run together and the UFC wanted to do another fight with Anderson, I would be willing to do another fight with Anderson. And I believe – and this is just because of the champion mentality in my head – but I believe that given another shot, I could win that fight.

Franklin and Silva first met in 2006, with “The Spider” scoring a first round knockout victory. A year later, they collided again, and Silva scored a second round TKO triumph.

Coming off a loss to Forrest Griffin, the road to a UFC title shot is very long for Franklin, especially considering his age of 37. However, he is a star within the company, and a big win over Le would be a step in the right direction.

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