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Franklin spoils Silva homecoming

Updated: June 25, 2012, 4:31 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Rich Franklin faced former Pride 205-pound titleholder Wanderlei Silva in a 190-pound catchweight bout Saturday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, showing why no one should be quick to write him off as a legitimate middleweight contender -- when the former UFC champion returns to that weight.

The 37-year-old Franklin used a stiff right jab and constant footwork to register a unanimous decision over a game, but outclassed Wanderlei Silva.

All three judges scored the fight, 49-46, ...

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