By Jamie McAllister
Rich Franklin comments while appearing on The MMA Hour.
Rich Franklin steps into the Octagon on June 23, 2012, to face Wanderlei Silva for the second time at UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
In the interview with the MMA Hour the former Middleweight champion talks TRT as well as saying his retirement may not be far off.
“I hate quitting more than I hate giving up. I don’t like quitting, that’s all. I do what I do and I do what I love. About two or three years ago, I started getting asked about retirement and now that I’ve been asked about it in every single interview since then, I am kind of conditioned to understand that retirement is sometime in the near future. I don’t have a date, I don’t plan on fighting into my forties, but I do believe that I am one of those people that will wake up one day and say, “you know what? I’ve had enough and I’ve done enough and I’m good.”
When asked if he would consider using TRT Franklin seemed open to the idea.
“Yeah, I’ve kicked around that idea and everything, and actually I’ve talked to doctors that work with the UFC and the athletic commission in Nevada and all that kind of stuff. And at 37, my count obviously is not what it was when I was 25, and I’m a candidate for that kind of stuff. I haven’t started yet. I’m not sure if that’s something I want to do or how I want to approach that, because TRT is, once you start that process it’s a permanent fixture. Once you start putting those hormones in your body , those synthetic hormones , then your body is not going to produce its own hormones any more, and so you really have to think carefully. My levels are still decently healthy for a male, but they’re not high enough to continue a prolonged career at a top level for many more years.”