Former UFC middleweight champ Rich Franklin will return to 185 and battle former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le at UFC 148. UFC.com broke the news yesterday.
Franklin has not seen action in over a year, when he lost a decision to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126. Ace had planned on fighting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133, but a last minute injury forced the bout to be dropped. Soon after that, Rich injured his shoulder and had surgery in October. This will be his first middleweight fight in almost four years, with his last outing being a win over Travis Lutter at UFC 83.