UFC Veteran Rich Franklin Will Retire After Next Fight
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will retire after his next UFC fight.
“I lost my last fight, and that really kind of solidified my decision to make this my last fight, coming up,” Franklin told “Inside MMA” hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “I know that that took me out of title contention, and so for me to actually get back in the title hunt again would be a couple years’ worth of work.”
The soon to be 40-year old Franklin said age is also playing a factor in his decision.
“I’m 39. I’ll be 40 next year, and it’s getting to the point where it’s late in my (MMA) life, and it’s really too late to make that title run,” he said. “So I started questioning, like, what am I really fighting for if I can’t make it to the title anymore? I know I’m not in title contention anymore, and I realize that. That’s how it is.”
Franklin hasn’t fought since being knocked out cold by Cung Le at the UFC on FUEL 6 from Macao in China. “Ace” Franklin got one-punched. It’s cliche to say it was “a scary scene,” but honestly, it was a scary scene. Franklin went completely limp and did a face plant. At this point, no reason to take any more punishment. I’m happy Rich has the foresight to get out before taking one too many punches.
So where will Rich Franklin rank amongst the all-time greats in UFC history? Well, I honestly believe that Franklin doesn’t get enough credit. Franklin has a career record of 29 wins, 7 losses, and one no contest. All seven of his losses came against World Champions. Rich may be remembered for getting dummied by Anderson Silva, but he beat Wanderlei Silva twice, and he sent Chuck Liddell into retirement…
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