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Despite Rumors, Rich Franklin vs. Patrick Cote Not Happening at UFC 113

(Rich works on his mean-mug while listening to the latest This American Life podcast.)

By contributor Mike Russell

Despite several unsubstantiated reports stating otherwise, a rumored match-up between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former number one UFC middleweight contender Patrick Cote at UFC 113 (May 1st, Montreal) is not happening according to both Franklin’s longtime manager Monte Cox and “The Predator."

Cox told Cage Potato yesterday that Franklin plans to stay at light heavyweight when he returns to action following an estimated 6-8 week recovery from a hernia surgery that the Cincinnati, Ohio native has scheduled for next week, and that they have not been offered a fight on the May 1 card.

Responding to the rumor, which was propagated by a posting on The Fight Network website, Cote said he was as surprised as anyone to hear the fight was a go:

“I’m not sure where the Fight Network got the story from,” Cote said. “I mentioned on Facebook that I would like to fight Rich if he’s available for the show in Montreal in May, but I didn’t tell anyone it was happening.”

Here is the Facebook post in question:

A warm up fight is the most dangerous thing to do. Fuck it give me a big fight right away !!! I’ll be back on top soon !! Rich Franklin said than he want to take time off until May, hope he will come back at 185 and fight me here in Montreal !!! UFC 113 May 1st Cote vs. Franklin sounds good to me !!!

Sidelined since blowing out both his medial cruciate and anterior cruciate ligaments in his last fight against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90 in October 2008, Cote did confirm that he has been told by UFC brass that he will likely be fighting on the card and should know his opponent soon. The Quebec City native, who is 4-1 in his last 5 UFC outings, was originally scheduled to return to action last summer, but another MCL injury he suffered in training necessitated a second surgery.

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ghostboner- January 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Cote vs Alan Belcher. FOTN! Assuming Cote doesn't destroy his knee while walking backwards again.
iDestroy- January 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

What would make you say a thing like that?

Do you mean cote will fight vitor after vitor loses to Silva?

Or cote is #1 contendor after vitor wins?

Are you saying its just gonna happen eventually?

I don't understand.
Eljroco- January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm
^^ Agree

I love these arguments as fighters get closer to retirement. I remember a radio MMA program saying before Randy vs Silvia that the NSAC should be sued for allowing such a gross mismatch to occur and that Silvia would kill Randy cause he was "past it"
LET IT RAIN- January 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Franklin vs. Griffin
FreddyFangers- January 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm
@portland mma
Never bored, but always dissapointed. I like Wandi, which is why I hate to see him lose constantly because of his diminished skills and inability to compete(win) at the top level. He is only 34 but the training KOs have caught up to him. So no its not boring, but very anti-climactic when you know beforehand that whoever Wandi is fighting that night, is most likely(75% of the time since joining the UFC) going to tool him. So instead of making us pay 45 bucks for an outcome that we all more than likely already know, stick him on Fight Night cards where he can be gatekeeper to " bottom of the middle of the pack" middleweights and light heavys for the price of on the house.
Ballentine- January 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Its going to be Patrick Cote vs Vitor Belfort. Calling it here first!
ArmFarmer- January 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

If every fighter that lost a couple fights hung up the gloves then the sport wouldn't be worth watching. Your post is rediculous imo. If Franklin needs to retire then so do Matt Hamill and Wanderlei Silva.. and Dan Henderson too sense that one could have easily gone either way.

And if Wandy/Franklin was a "grindy decision" well.. more grindy decisions please.
portland mma- January 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm
^ Whether Wanderlei gets knocked out or knocks someone out people want to watch it no matter what. When was the last time you were bored in a Wanderlei fight?
FreddyFangers- January 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm
I think its really funny that people think Franklin should give it up even though he has only lost 5 times in his 10 years fighting. Look at the opponents(machida, silva 2x, henderson, belfort). Personally I think if you let him fight Belfort again he wins, but thats just me. This guy is another version of Hendo, he will be a legit fighter for 3-4 more years, IMO....

@imalebowski- I couldnt agree more about the Wandi comment. This guy has won 1 fight in over 3 years. How long of a leash does he have in the UFC? There is only so much of the "yeah, but he was a beast in PRIDE" that I can hear. Maybe he was, but against the top LHWs in the UFC he sucks really bad, mainly, because throwing wild punches with no defense when you are starting to grow a suspect chin does not work that well.. I dont want to see him cut yet, but it is definitely time to drop him to Fight Night status after Bisping beats him, and I hate Bisping.
Catalyst8487- January 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Cote would get demolished by Franklin. Franklin has lost a step from his glory day as MW champ, but he's not 2nd tier yet like Cote has been and always will be.
skeletor- January 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm
I forgot to mention Cote is a fucking joke! Especially after all that time off he will get murdered by allot of UFC middleweights. Sonenn, Okami, Marquart, Wandy,Vitor, Bisping, Maia, Miller,Creseur, Akiyama that's just off the top of my head. If it weren't for Anderson clearing out the division so badly the first time he never would have got a title shot.
Goat- January 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Informative, but boring. *snore*

This is why I don't read other news outlets other than Cage Potato. The Bens bring the lulz and the pain.
Havokgamer- January 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm
After Wand puts his knee thru Bispings head, provided he doesn't take too much damage while doing it (which i don't think he will) I'd LOVE to see the UFC line up "The Predator" vs "The Axe Murderer' in Montreal!!
Merlin- January 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm
Kimbo vs Rich ....
ACE would beat the black out of him & knock that greasy beard of his into the grand stands!!!
skeletor- January 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm
Yeah he's not done. And to add him to LHW for real this time no fucking catch weight fights against guys on there way down to middleweight. There are some interesting fights there I would love to see.
Merlin- January 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Anyone else feel like Ace should retire soon?
And like his greatest feats are behind him?
Cuz seriously re-runs of him beating Evan Tanner to win the Middleweight Championship or KOing Nate Quarry are just not doing it for me anymore, besides that was like 5 years ago.
Maybe he should go back to teaching or even coaching while he's still viable, I mean I like the guy he's got a great work ethic & there's no doubt that for what he lacks in natural talent he makes up for with hard work.
But Frankly-Franklin I'm just not excited anymore to see you fight!
Does anyone really wanta see another "grindy decision win".

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imalebowski- January 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm
im really sick of people talking about franklin like he's completely on his way out. this guy recently got ko-ed by vitor belfort (no shame in that) beat wandi (someone who NO ONE is calling for the retirement of), had a razer thin split decision loss to dan henderson (where franklin was picking him apart on the feet) and a few victories scattered between losses to anderson. this is not the rap sheet of someone who is washed up. i can see him fighting top 205-ers and doing just fine. on a good night, i can see franklin beating just about anyone in the lhw division. i say he has 2-3 years left in him.
BuckWild- January 6, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Oh yeah.. Kimbo vs Rich at catch weight 215 ! Good stuff!
BuckWild- January 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm
I think Rich should keep fighting. He could be a good gatekeeper.
Body Triangle- January 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm
Bite your tongue. You bite it right off.

Kidding, you're probably right, but he's my favorite fighter...I'd love to see him finish out his contract with some big name fights, see him crawl up the ladder a bit. Even if he never gets the title he said, that would still be one hell of a story.
steampunk22- January 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Actually if Franklin wants to fight at LHW I would like to see him take on Griffin. Two slow brawlers, arguably both past their prime. Its a good win for Franklin to move up the ladder, or its a good win for Griffin to maybe turn in an actual finish and string together a couple of victories.
steampunk22- January 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Yeah, Rich Franklin does.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- January 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Just because his best fights are behind him doesn't mean he shouldn't be able to make a living fighting people. There is a difference in being a little past your prime and being Jens Pulver.