Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin has come to terms with the UFC on a new-six fight contract in what might be his final contract of his career.
Franklin first fight on his new contract will be a rematch against Dan Henderson at UFC 103, which is set for September 19 in Dallas, Texas. In their first bout at UFC 93, Franklin lost a close split decision to Henderson and is coming off an exciting unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99 back in June.
From June 2005 to March 2006, Franklin looked unstoppable as the UFC's middleweight champion until he ran into Anderson Silva, who he lost to twice. Overall, Franklin has put together a remarkable 12-3 UFC record during his six-year tenure with the promotion, with his first event dating back to UFC 42, scoring impressive wins in the UFC over the likes of Evan Tanner(2x), Ken Shamrock, Nate Quarry, David Loiseau, Jason MacDonald, Yushin Okami, Travis Lutter and Matt Hamill.
Franklin has been competing professionally in MMA for nine years putting together an overall record of 25-4, with 13 wins by TKO or KO and 9 by submission and garnering notable wins outside the UFC over Travis Fulton and Marvin Eastman and he also fought and lost to current UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida outside of the UFC.