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POLL: Michael Bisping vs. Rich Franklin at Moneyweight — Yay or Nay?


(Once Bisping sees Franklin’s Harlem Shake call out video, this shit will be on like Donkey Kong.) 

In a recent interview with MMAWeekly, former middleweight champion Rich Franklin dispelled rumors that he would be retiring following his brutal knockout loss to Cung Le at UFC on FUEL 6 and stated that he would in fact like to face outspoken middleweight contender Michael Bisping next, possibly even at one of those catchweights he loves so much:

I look at my Twitter and a lot of people talk about (Michael) Bisping. That would be an exciting fight and something the fans would want to see. I’m an exciting fighter, he’s an exciting fighter, and we both like to throw down. Since my ultimate goal is not to go back and capture the 185-pound title, it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s at 185 or a catchweight or 205. Wherever the UFC needed me, I would fight, as long as the fight made sense. 

While this matchup does possess some novelty value and the potential to secure an end-of-the-night bonus at the very least (not unlike Franklin’s pairing against Forrest Griffin at UFC 126), it would also represent a significant regression in the mindset of Bisping. Considering Franklin has no intentions of fighting for a title in the future, let alone the one controlled by the incubus of his neverending nightmares, agreeing to the fight would in its own way represent a Michael Bisping who has potentially reached the same realization. Which would be kind of sad, because honestly, a humbled Bisping is a boring Bisping.

Then again, if we’ve learned anything in the past few months, it’s that wins are wins regardless of weight class. If Bisping were to accept the fight, he might do so under the belief that a win over a post-prime but still dangerous legend like Franklin would do more for his career than a win over the likes of say, another Alan Belcher. In either case, would you be interested in seeing this fight come to fruition?

Vote in our poll after the jump and make your case in the comments section. 

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Mr_Misanthropy- May 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm
I only want to see this if Franklin's walkout is a reenactment of the above GIF, complete with army boots and tutu.

Otherwise I still want Bisping to piss off and go sweep chimneys somewhere else.
Pen Fifteen- May 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm
"Former" champion indeed. It's been nearly 7 years since Franklin dropped the strap to Silva, and Franklin has lost nearly half his fights since that point.
Alan K- May 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm
A win over Franklin would have some merit for Bisping. It would be a win over a former middleweight champion, after all.
Pen Fifteen- May 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm
The most realistic matchup to vet Bisping as a title contender is to stick him in with either Okami or the winner of Boetsch-Munoz. But, they'll probably give him some bullshit novelty fight like this in hopes people won't piss and moan too much once he's offered up as a sacrificial lamb to Anderson Silva.

Seriously, I really like the idea of Bisping-Okami. Okami isn't on TRT, so if he can wrestlefuck that limey douche into a decision loss, Bisping will have no choice but to retire. Conversely, if Bisping wins, it'll be his first win over a legit top-5 opponent, rather than all the moral victories and can-smashes that litter his current resume.
algiersheadkick504- May 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm
Where's the not no but fuck no selection....seriously how will they go about promoting this fight. Bisping vs cung lee makes more sense
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