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  1. Default Rich Franklin retired? 'Ace' targets next fight for end of 2013, focused on business

    Rich Franklin retired? 'Ace' targets next fight for end of 2013, focused on business venture now - MMAmania.com

    Once the king of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight division, Rich Franklin, 38, isn't quite ready to call it a mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

    Even though "Ace" acknowledges his "time is limited" in the grueling sport, he isn't ready to throw in the towel on his 14-year career despite getting knocked out cold by Cung Le in round one UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Macao, China, back in Nov. 2012.

    Franklin, however, does have other interests occupying his time at the moment, including an organic juice business he plans to open in Los Angeles, Calif., which will support his lifestyle once his paychecks from fighting stop rolling in.

    Appearing on "The MMA Hour," Franklin detailed his future fight plans:


    "I'd have to check my contract. I have at least one more fight, possibly two more fights left on my contract. I always said I would definitely fulfill my contract, so, looking at that, I at least have that much. 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. Then I'll look at taking another fight at that point in time which could possibly be toward the end of the year."
    Before current 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva rolled into the Octagon and took his title, "Ace" was sitting pretty at the top pf the middleweight mountain and enjoying his spot as one of the faces of the promotion. After dropping two championship fights to "The Spider," Franklin has been unable to climb his way back into the title picture, losing high profile fights to Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin.

    Moving up and down in weight class and partaking in catchweight bouts hasn't helped his cause, either.

    Nevertheless, as Franklin looks to secure his finances after MMA, he's still planning on seeing his current contract through to the end ... and perhaps even further. He also revealed that when he does return, Franklin will stick with the middleweight division, but is open to "super fights," too.

    And as the years creep up on the 37-fight veteran, he is determined to not hang around to the point that he'll have to undergo testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) -- something he's kicked around before -- to keep up with the younger generation of fighters.

    For Franklin, "tarnishing" his image and dealing with all the backlash that comes with the controversial treatment just isn't worth it.
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    Ace is the man and a future HOFer

    Class act and great fighter
    "...for he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." William Shakespeare

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    Rich is a guy you hate to see go, but his time is behind him...sadly.

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    As a big fan of Franklin I'm not terribly excited to see him finish out his career. I feel like it will be like watching Chuck go out all over again, watching him only want to take on top fighters, and rooting for him to win, but it not happening. I hope I'm wrong though.
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    Ace has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants to.
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    Yes Rich has earned the right and he's not holding up a title either

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    Would rather see Bisping get KO'd by a top 5 MW again.

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    I watched/listened to the whole interview a few days ago, and i predict he will stick around until the UFC has another fighter that is i the same boat as him.

    I was going to suggest Tito, but he sounds like he's going into surgery again.

    I could see a Chris Leben fight if he loses again, or a Brian Stann fight if he loses again, even a Quinton Rampage Jackson fight if he were to lose again.

    Doesn't sound like Rich has the same fight in him as he may have had a few years ago, but I am sure he'd like to go out on top.

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