Come this Saturday at UFC 115 in Las Vegas, Cincinnati math teacher turned professional ass-kicker Rich "Ace" Franklin will headline the main card with fellow former champion Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell in what is being considered a battle between legends.
On one hand, Franklin is in desperate need of direction, following his stint as middleweight champion and an unusual string of catch-weight fights after moving up to the 205lbs division.
On the other hand, Liddell has campaigned hard to convince boss and close friend Dana White that he still has a realistic chance at a title shot down the road. A loss could send "The Iceman" packing for a Florida golf course, never to be seen in the octagon again.
In realtiy, both fighters can sense the urgency; a signal that the time has come to silence the doubters who have been critical of each fighter's proposed blueprint for a respective title shot.
Let's take a look at the moments in Rich Franklin's mixed martial arts career that have shaped him into the prominent fighter that he has become.