Rich Franklin Plans One More UFC Fight as He Moves On to a Life of Juicing

November 24, 2013
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Rich Franklin vs Chuck Liddell UFC 115Having once ruled the UFC middleweight division, Rich Franklin now says that he is on the cusp of retirement.

In fact, Franklin told Inside MMA recently that he expects to fight one more time and that it will be his swan song.

Franklin won the UFC 185-pound strap in June of 2005, defeating the late Evan Tanner for the honor. He made two title defenses before a wrecking machine named Anderson Silva entered the Octagon.

Silva took the belt from Franklin. Even though he earned a rematch, Franklin couldn’t win his belt back. The rematch was in late 2007.

Franklin has remained competitive at the upper end of the middleweight division ever since, alternating between wins and losses.

“I lost my last fight (to Cung Le), and that really kind of solidified my decision to make this my last fight coming up,” Franklin told Inside MMA. “I know 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.”

But at 39 years of age, time is running short on his mixed martial arts career, and Franklin is prepared to move on to the next chapter in his life.

“I’ll be 40 next year, and it’s getting to the point where it’s late in my life, and it’s really too late to make that title run. So I started questioning, 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 has already begun his post-fight career, launching into the juice business.

“(The juice business) will be my next phase,” he told MMAWeekly.com earlier this year. “In some capacity I’ll be involved in MMA. I’m not sure if I’ll end up commentating or analyzing or whatever way the UFC will end up using me in the future, but I don’t know how financially rewarding that will be. I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket, so I need to make sure I diversify with my income.”

While selling organic fruit juice might not seem like an obvious choice of direction for a former fighter, Franklin feels that the expertise that has helped him continue to hold his own in the UFC will serve him well in the next phase of his professional life.

“I’m very passionate about nutrition,” said Franklin. “I’m a fighter who’s very specific about nutrition and the way that I train and my work ethic. I could stand here and talk nutrition all day with you, so it’s a business that makes sense.”

It remains to be seen who Franklin will face in his final fight; “somebody who makes sense” is that matters to him. The next stage of his life has already begun, and he sounds content with what he was able to achieve in the fight game.

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  • David Huenecke

    I knew what they meant but the headline is a little misdirecting. It sounds like he leaving mma to do steroids. Haha,but seriously I watched rich franklin for years and loved watching him fight. I hope the best for him and his future endeavors.

    • Obi-Wan Granoli

      lol

    • Wolf Ticket

      Yes, that was the point of the headline. Did you really not get that the ambiguity is there on purpose?

      • David Huenecke

        I did. Thats why I said I got what they meant before I clicked but it does seem misleading. Btw your name is awesome and thats not sarcasm.

  • Jay Mcgarrity

    As we saw somewhat recently with Naked Juice, not all products are as advertised. With Rich Franklin behind his juice company, I would feel 100% confident in the legitimacy of the product. This seems like a strange direction to take but then again why not, I’ll try it out for sure if it hits the market.

    • DamianCross

      They should have advertised Naked Juice as a laxative.

  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    GREAT FIGHTER!! Awesome career! Deserves to retire now and do something else.

  • Andre Howard

    I think this is the one fighter everyone seems to universally like and trust. Wish him the best I loved watching him fight and look forward to his last. Also I’ll def try his juice as I’m a healthy eater anyway.

  • Brian Revell

    good luck to him the guy is a future hall of famer and i hope to see him go out with a win

  • J Barnes

    Rich is probably my favorite fighter to watch when he was at middleweight. All the best to him. Seems like a smart, genuine guy. Thanks for some great fights!

  • themindseye

    I guess the acting thing never worked out?

  • Milosc

    Cool guy and a cool post-career

    As long as it’s not that overpriced BS, I’d be glad to buy the man’s juice. I love small businesses!

  • DamianCross

    Ah Rich Franklin, the man responsible for the main character in literally every MMA movie having the same backstory.

    THANKS BRAH!

  • Zap

    i wanna see him beat up nick diaz before he walks away. or mousassi

  • Brian

    Give him an up and comer who has title aspirations and is close. If Franklin wins in good fashion, put him in line. I think he could beat Weidman … and styles make fights. Trust me, I realize it is a stretch.

  • Mr Pete

    Franklin is a Math teacher, I’m sure his career after mma will be fine. Teachers are always needed in the “urban cities” especially for someone who knows how to fight.

    • Kyle Rayner

      He was a math teacher

      • Mr Pete

        apologies, you are correct, his wife was an english teacher and that was all i read. i did not bother to actually read into wiki.

  • jimmy777

    why bother?