Former UFC middleweight titleholder
Franklin recently moved back up to the light heavyweight division from the 185-pound weight class. Silva has stated his intentions to move down to middleweight after competing his entire career in heavier divisions. Their UFC 99 main event bout will take place at a catchweight of 195 pounds.
"I met Rich in the middle," UFC President
Franklin fought the first half of his career as a light heavyweight before switching divisions and capturing the UFC 185-pound crown from the late
After losing three of his last four outings as a light heavyweight, Silva made the choice to move down to middleweight. He's spent much of his storied career fighting bigger opponents, but before shedding the 20 pounds to weigh in at 185, Silva will only have to make it half way there for his scheduled 195-pound match with Franklin.
The UFC doesn't usually do catchweight bouts unless a fighter fails to make weight, like
"I think it's a fun fight and it will be a fun fight to watch," said White.
Regardless of the outcome, Franklin will continue to compete at light heavyweight while Silva is expected to debut as a middleweight in his next scheduled bout following the Franklin fight.