Rich Franklin used to be one of the UFC’s biggest stars. Now at age 39, he’s struggled over the past few years to put a string of wins together, going 5-5 in his last 10.
Most recently, he was knocked out in the first round by Cung Le at the UFC’s Macau event. After evaluating his career, it seems that Franklin is nearly ready to hang up his gloves.
“I lost my last fight, and that really kind of solidified my decision to make this my last fight, coming up,” Franklin told Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten on 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.”
“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 added. “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 has not one more than one in a row since 2009. He is now 29-7, and has not competed in over a year.
An opponent for his retirement bout has not been revealed.