Another of the UFC’s first and biggest stars has announced he’s hanging up the gloves, as Rich Franklin has confirmed he’s retiring, not long before he turns 41.
Now, if you’ve been following Franklin intently, then you know that he repeatedly said he planned on fighting one more time. The former middleweight champ hasn’t competed since November, 2012, when he was KO’d by Cung Le.
In fact, even after he accepted a position with ONE Championship, “Ace” said he wanted to throw down one more time in the Octagon.
Well, recently Franklin wrote a lengthy and interesting story for “The Player’s Tribune“, and in the article he confirmed he’s closing the book on fighting. After relaying that recently he told his mother he still wanted to fight one more time, and that she had advised him “We’ve had our battles and done our duty,” he wrote:
My mother was right, though, and it reminded me of Paul’s words in 2nd Timothy 4:7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…” This comes at a time when I have to accept that I am no longer 25. The body has slowed down, and while ever so slightly, those fractions of a difference determine victory or defeat at the top level.
So, there you have it. Another of the sport’s greats has called it quits. Franklin made his UFC debut back in 2003, and went on to win the middleweight title in 2005. During that time, Franklin became one of the UFC’s most popular fighters, and in 2006, he was taken out by Anderson Silva.
Franklin never managed to win another title afterwards, and was defeated by Silva for a second time, but he did go on to defeat Wanderlei Silva twice, and Chuck Liddell in the proceeding years.
The Ohio fighter retires armed with an impressive record of 29-7.