Power Rankings: Middleweight

Updated: November 13, 2012, 9:40 AM ET
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It took Rich Franklin four years to get back to the division he once ruled, and only a couple of minutes to realize he would never rule it again. Cung Le knocked Franklin out cold in Macau, just as Franklin was revving up for one last run at the glory. If this signals the end for "Ace," he'll be remembered as much for his 185-pound title run as for his willingness to fight anybody, anywhere, as showcased in recent months with the Le fight (in China) and his Wanderlei Silva rematch (in Brazil). The company man took his share of beatings, but he dished out plenty, too. Meanwhile, the 185-pound division remains a cluster of contenders at the top. Chris Weidman, Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort are all vying for the chance to fight Anderson Silva. But first things first -- they'll be rooting for Carlos Condit to upset Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154 so there aren't any Silva/GSP "superfights" to backseat them.

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