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Rich Franklin would ‘love’ a trilogy fight with Anderson Silva: ‘I believe I could beat him’

In what could be a clash of two former UFC middleweight champions if it comes to fruition, the retired Rich Franklin believes he could beat Anderson Silva in a trilogy fight between the two.

Franklin and Silva first met back at UFC 64 in 2006, when Silva ended Franklin’s run as middleweight champ by handing him his first ever UFC loss. They met a year later at UFC 77 with the fight ending in similar fashion to their first, when Silva finished Franklin with knees.

Talking to theScore MMA, Franklin said he would love to fight Silva again, and that he is impressed the “Spider” is still competing at the age of 44.