Although Rich Franklin hasn’t fought since his memorable, knockout loss to Cung Le last November, the former UFC middleweight champ says anyone who believes he’s considering retirement is dead wrong.
The 38 year-old Franklin appeared on The MMA Hour yesterday to discuss his future, and said not only is he not thinking about retiring, he’s hoping to fight sometime this year. The decorated fighter believes he has one or two bouts left on his current contract, which Franklin intends to complete. The Ohio native then added (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m not saying I’m only planning on fighting once or twice more, but as soon as I get this stuff going on my end with this juice business and things are kind of moving in the direction that they should be moving, then I am going to be focused more on, instead of recreationally training, back on specific fight training. And I’ll look at taking another fight at that point in time, which could possibly be before the end of the year.”
Prior to fighting Le, Franklin locked horns with Wanderlei Silva for the second time last June, and once again, earned a unanimous decision win over the former Pride champ. While no one is likely expecting Franklin to make another title run at this stage in his career, it’s worth noting that the only other man to stop him since his infamous run ins with Anderson Silva, is Vitor Belfort.
Don’t be surprised if Franklin gets tapped for another bout with a former champ and fan favorite like himself. It’s a promotional recipe that seems to be working.
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Article by Kelsey Mowatt