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Franklin ponders future fight with Bisping

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Rich Franklin fights Cung Le on Saturday © Getty Images
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Rich Franklin revealed on Monday that Michael Bisping is in his thinking as a next fight, if he beats Cung Le at UFC on Fuel 6 this weekend.

Franklin heads into a middleweight main event against Cung in Macau, insisting he still wants to battle his way back to one more UFC title shot.

The former champ lost his belt to Anderson Silva and then failed just as spectacularly in the rematch. Two such emphatic losses have made it difficult for the UFC ever to consider matching Silva and Franklin again.

Franklin therefore admits he may have to look elsewhere for big-name fights to prove he is worthy of No. 1 contendership in the division, and that might mean facing Bisping.

"I have a fight against Cung and I don't really think beyond that fight. I don't think about title shots, this and that, and I don't think, well, if I win or if I lose," Franklin told MMA Weekly Radio.

"I don't believe the UFC, I don't believe they're going to give me a title fight after this. I believe there's going to be another step in that process.

"I don't know who that would be, if it would be somebody like a Bisping, or something like that, but winning a fight always puts you in the right direction.

"I still don't think the UFC is interested in doing a Franklin/Silva 3."

Bisping recently told ESPN of his own desire to fight Franklin, for whom he holds much respect. The Brit said in a recent interview: "I've always looked up to Rich Franklin, he's an incredible fighter, he's got incredible passion for the sport, we match up well in terms of a fight, and he'd be a tough fight.

"I'd like to fight him out of respect - he's one of the all-time greats. I've got nothing but respect for Rich, he's a fantastic fighter."

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