It was rumored to happen and it did, Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin Has accepted ONE FC’s job offer, and will now serve as the promotion’s Vice President.
“The offer was definitely something that appealed to me and I like the people at ONE FC, so it was a no-brainer decision, Said Franklin. There was no convincing needed for me to join the team. I’m a One FC member and I’m here this week to discuss how I can optimise my expertise and experience. I am here to learn the culture of the organization, how it operates, how it functions. They have an aggressive growth plan over the next couple of years and it will be about me learning how that growth plan is going to execute.”
Franklin still has a fight on his UFC contract, but stated that both Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta “gave me their blessing” to take this position.
Franklin hasn’t fought since a 2012 knockout loss to Cung Le in Macau. He is 5-5 in his last 10 overall and turns 40 this October.