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Tuesday, 04/30/2013, 10:35 am

Rich Franklin Has No Intentions To Retire

Rich Franklin was the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion until he lost the belt to the current champion Anderson Silva in 2006. “Ace” tried to win the belt back in 2007, but didn’t succeed. Although the 38-year-old was knocked out by Cung Le in the first round at UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs. Le, he told “The MMA Hour” yesterday that he is not retiring right now.

“I have at least one more fight, possibly two more fights left on my contract,” Franklin said on “The MMA Hour. “I always said I would definitely fulfill my contract, so, looking at that, I at least have that much.”

The 14-year-MMA veteran has a 29-7-1 record. Before he lost the belt to Silva in 2006, he was on an 8-fight-win streak. He has not been able to climb his way up the middleweight ladder after his second loss to Silva. He lost fights against Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin.

Even though his time is limited in the UFC, he isn’t ready to retire. He does have another interest that is occupying his time right now. He plans to open an organic juice business in Los Angeles, which will support him after his MMA career. He is still planning to finish his contract and when he does return, he plans to stick to the middleweight division.

“I’m not saying I’m only planning on fighting once or twice more. But as soon as I get this stuff going on my end with this juice business and things are kind of moving in the direction that they should be moving, then I am going to be focused more on, instead of recreationally training, back on specific fight training,” he said on “The MMA Hour.” Then I’ll look at taking another fight at that point in time which could possibly be toward the end of the year.”

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