The former teacher turned UFC middleweight champ is now on the tale end of his career. Currently 38-years-old, Rich Franklin was last seen losing via knockout to former Strikeforce champ Cung Le in Nov. 2012.
Between injuries and a new vegetable juicing business, Franklin hasn’t had a chance to redeem himself in the octagon. With injuries now healed, and the initial steps in place for his business, he’d like to return to the cage. According to UFC president Dana White — he’d rather see the former champ walk into the sunset.
“I think he wants one more fight,” said White. “I think he wants to fight again. It’s so hard for these guys to retire. It’s so hard to make the, ‘I’m retiring’ statement. It’s hard.”
“He’s building a business right now. He’s starting his own business. He’s out there (LA) working on that and building his own business. Hopefully it takes off and he makes millions of dollars and doesn’t want to do that last fight. That’s what I’d love to see.
“When guys get to a certain age, my question becomes, ‘Why? Why go in and fight a guy?’ I know you love it. I know this is who you are and everything else, but if he does this juice bar thing and it takes off and he makes millions of dollars, good for him. I’d rather that happen.”