Does Rich Franklin have any ideas on what he’d like to do after he retires? The answer is simply NO.
“I don’t know, people ask me that all the time, and I have no clue.” Franklin recently told MMA Junkie.
At age 35, Rich is just two years away from the age he imagined retiring at. And most likely the recent six-fight deal he signed with the UFC will be his last.
But Franklin says that one thing is for certain, he does not want to open his own gym after he retires.
“I’ve seen so many people that have owned facilities before, and my view of owning a gym is that you end up doing stuff that you don’t want to do 80 percent of the time, you open a gym and you say, ‘I want to train fighters,’ and then you find yourself teaching kids’ karate classes, women’s non-contact kickboxing, and doing paperwork most of the time. Those are the things you don’t ever think about, and you end up doing those things 80 percent of the time so that 20 percent of the time you can do what you want to do.”
Franklin says he is still very focused on his fight career, and would like to return in May after recovering from his surgery. But, he’s not as focused on winning the belt again, just pleasing the fans.
“If I can make a title run, that would be awesome,that would be a great Cinderella story for myself, especially for someone like me. I’m a third-string high school football player, and that’s my athletic history. If I didn’t get another shot at the title, I would not lose any sleep over it. In between, if I’m putting on fights that fans want to see and that are exciting, that’s really what the goal is, because I still love to compete. I haven’t lost that edge for competition.”
Making a living after a fighter retires can be a burden. Luckily for Franklin, he feels that he is financially set.
“I’m hoping that I mentally cash out before I physically cash out,” Franklin said. “To wake up one morning and say to myself, ‘I’ve fought enough; I want to move on and do something else,’ and still physically feel good … would be great. To wake up one morning and be so broken down that you can’t perform anymore, but to mentally have that desire to keep getting back into that octagon, would be horrible.”
Mostly it seems that Franklin just wants to have a good time and be happy.
“I want to make sure that whatever I do after this is something that I do out of enjoyment and not out of necessity.”