Rich Franklin is undoubtedly on the tail end of a long and decorated career in MMA. After losing a title bid to Anderson Silva in 2007, he’s gone 5-4, dropping fights to the likes of Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, and most recently, Cung Le in November.
Since then, we haven’t heard much about his plans, leading many to speculate that he was effectively retired.
According to UFC President Dana White, though, that’s not the case.
Speaking at a press conference for UFC 165, White stated that, “I think he wants one more fight. 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.”
Surprisingly though, White doesn’t really want Franklin to come back. The 38-year-old fighter has had more than his share of injuries, and White seems to think it might be time to hang up the gloves.
“He’s building a business right now,” White said. “He’s starting his own business. He’s out there [in L.A.] 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.”