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Rich Franklin Would Rather Retire Than Use TRT To Lengthen Career Due to Fan Reaction | UFC NEWS


“The public perception of TRT is that it’s cheating. The moment I said I was actually thinking about it, I started getting quite a bit of backlash.”

“I don’t believe I’ve dropped off with my speed or strength or any of that. You can’t look at my last fight and say, ‘Yeah, Rich has lost a step and is looking older.’

“When that day comes, perhaps I will consider quitting or possibly taking TRT. More than likely, in my mind, I’ll choose retirement over the necessity of TRT to continue.”

In a recent interview with ESPN, former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin touched on the always controversial TRT topic.

Originally Rich came out and stated that he would use testosterone to lengthen his career, but after a huge backlash from MMA fans the Cincinnati resident changed his mind.

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11 Comments to Rich Franklin Would Rather Retire Than Use TRT To Lengthen Career Due to Fan Reaction | UFC NEWS

  1. Mike b says:

    Rich is the man,he never turned down a fight or had a boring one…..??OK maybe one the yushin okami fight.but he accepted the chuck and wanderlei fight at the last minute,gotta respect him for that.and he won both of them.even tho I hated him for a minute when he beat chuck Lol.rich is definitely a class act.wish I had fuel tv tho,I would love to see him fight cung le.i think rich is gonna win by decision.

  2. drew says:

    hall of famer, class act, and was a teacher at one time so mad props for that.

    • The Truth says:

      Agreed. This guy is well rounded in the cage and more importantly in life. Could not have a better person to represent the positives in MMA, Martial Arts and personal conduct. Hall of Famer fo sho.

  3. Hacksawjim says:

    I love frankin,his fight with Tito was the bomb.

  4. @GetEducatedMMA says:

    this is the 7th time in a row franklin will be fighting a former world champion (3-3 against those former champions). if that wasnt impressive enough, his only losses are to Machida, A. Silva(x2), Henderson, Belfort, and Griffin. That’s it. He’s arguably the nicest guy in MMA, and has 29 pro career wins, with 25 of them he finished. He should be the next member of the Hall of Fame.

  5. Dana is Greedy says:

    Rich is a good fighter mad props for publicly admitting he considered the TRT and coming to his senses…Not like other less talented fighters who continue to insult the fans intelligence by lying and cheating to win…

  6. stephen riddle says:

    Hit up randy couture rich, he knows how to win without trt at an older age. Is it true that if u start the trt that u cant stop taking it or u will die? I thought i heard that, is it true! Anybody?

  7. Josiah says:

    i hate franklin for defeating chuck! lol

  8. Pancho says:

    Rich was my first favorite ufc fighter, always loved the guy. Hall of famer for sure!!

  9. DMAC says:

    Ace is that dude! All these cheat ass fools like Hendo and Chael say what you want about Couture… Can’t perform without a enhancer is pathetic so is the boss who lets this bullsgit slide..

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