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Thursday, 01/16/2014, 06:13 pm

Former Champ Rich Franklin Says You Can’t Retire On UFC Money

There has been a ton of controversy surrounding fighter’s salaries and the inequality involved in it regarding how much certain fighters make over others. UFC veteran Rich Franklin however, preaches to the complainers in the group stating that is ultimately their responsibility to negotiate their contract.

There have of course always been those who feel like they are underpaid compared to their co-workers and peers. One combatant who has never had any ill will toward their income is Rich Franklin. It’s apparent that the former UFC middleweight champ and 10 year veteran has made a rather cushy living as a UFC fighter so, its fair to assume that his pay checks don’t look too shabby on payday.

Although you will never catch Franklin among those who complain about their salary Rich says that he still won’t be able to retire just yet. However, that doesn’t get it the way of how grateful Franklin is for all of the doors that the UFC has opened for him.

Franklin has some insight for young fighters attempting to make it in the business, saying that in order to get what they want in the sport they must be willing negotiation their contracts as much as necessary before signing that paper. Because the fact of the matter is, this is a business, and no business is just going to hand an employee money without a fight.

Rich Franklin sat down with Fight Hub TV and said,

“Everybody is put on their own schedule. How UFC negotiates with me is different than how they negotiate with somebody else. From a business standpoint, I get it. The UFC is not in the business of just giving away money. It’s your job to negotiate that money. It is difficult because they are the only player on the block. This is the analogy I use with people. In the NFL, I can negotiate my contract with the team. If I don’t like that contract, I have 31 other teams to negotiate with. I know it’s not that easy; but the point is that there are other sources that you can go to. The UFC is the only player so it gives them an edge. And kudos to them for having a great business plan. I’ve never been one to talk about fighter pay with somebody else. I know there are fighters out there that make way more money than I do and I would never complain if somebody wanted to add a decimal place to my paycheck. But, you have to remember that I was a high school teacher. I transitioned into MMA and I made way more money fighting than I would have teaching high school. Honestly, I feel blessed that I’ve been given the opportunities that I’ve been given and blessed to have made the money that I’ve made. I see fighters like Jon Jones, they are getting bigger contracts; the sport’s more mainstream and they have better endorsement opportunities. The Gatorades, the Nikes and the Under Armours were not there five, six, seven years ago when I was at the top of the game. I missed out on that. I was on the wave before the big wave. Yeah, it would have been nice If I had made more money in my career but I’m definitely not complaining about the amount of money I made. UFC always treated me well and they did the things they said they were going to do.”

Rich, who is one of the forefathers of the sport, hasn’t seen the big show since his knock out loss to Cung Le in November of 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. And though we have not seen the ex champ in sometime he is not officially retired just yet. However, he has been spending much of his time in other expeditions outside of the cage.

So, what do you think Penn Nation? How do you feel about the comments made by Franklin?

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