Apart from Alan Belcher's impressive win over Rousimar Palhares at UFC on Fox 3, May was a relatively quiet month for the middleweight division. After Vitor Belfort suffered an injury and was forced out of a belt with Wanderlei Silva, June will bring even less official middleweight action.
However, Rich Franklin has stepped in as a replacement for Belfort and will meet Silva in a 190-pound catchweight bout that will have implications for the middleweight division. The entire month of June will also build anticipation for a historic 185-pound title fight between champion Anderson Silva and rival Chael Sonnen.
Let's take a look at the landscape of the top of the middleweight division as we head into a new month and prepare for what could be the biggest fight in the division's history.
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