On my last Fight Network Radio appearance, I mentioned that I was anxiously looking forward to Travis Lutter’s return to the Octagon. Sure, he messed up by failing to make weight before his title bout against Anderson Silva at UFC 67 but that just makes me want to see him fight even more.
It’s a great story, really. He wins TUF 4 to get the title shot of a lifetime, fails to make weight, and then, despite everything, gives Anderson Silva his toughest challenge in the UFC.
While I don’t expect Lutter to get a title shot anytime soon a win in his next bout (rumored to be against Rich Franklin) would go a long way in helping people forget about last February.
That fight was supposed to happen at UFC 82 in March but Franklin suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee so the bout was postponed. Then came word that the two would get it on at the rumored April card in Montreal(!) but the recent news of Franklin’s father passing away has thrown everything up in the air.
So many questions, very little answers so I invited Lutter to The Park to discuss his bout with Franklin, when it will take place and his thoughts on weight-gate a year later.
Travis Lutter – 01/11/08