As previously reported, UFC 99 will feature a matchup between former PrideFC 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva and former UFC 185-pound champ Rich Franklin. The organization officially announced that the two will meet at a catch-weight of 195 pounds.
Silva was once one of the most feared fighters in all of MMA. He gained his fame predominately fighting in the 205-pound division, however he has dropped four of his last five bouts, forcing him to consider dropping to the lighter 185-pound division.
Franklin is also at a crossroads in his career. He dominated the UFC’s middleweight division before current champion Anderson Silva hit the scene. After being humbled twice by the Brazilian, Franklin and UFC management felt that he would be best served moving back up to the light heavyweight division.
He has since posted a modest 1-1 record since the move, losing his most recent fight to Dan Henderson at UFC 93.
Originally, UFC president Dana White hoped to have lightweight champion BJ Penn defend his title against155-pound top contender Kenny Florian, however Penn requested additional time off after his loss to UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre earler this year.
Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic vs. TBD
Mustapha al Turk vs. Todd Duffee
Cain Velasquez vs. Heath Herring
Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis
Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders
Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva (Catch Weight of 195 Pounds)