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    Default White wants Rich Franklin to retire

    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...lin-to-retire/

    White would prefer 'Ace' make money in a Los Angeles juice bar business.

    "I think he wants one more fight," said White. "I think he wants to fight again. It's so hard for these guys to retire. It's so hard to make the, 'I'm retiring' statement. It's hard."

    "He's building a business right now. He's starting his own business. He's out there (LA) working on that and building his own business. Hopefully it takes off and he makes millions of dollars and doesn't want to do that last fight. That's what I'd love to see.

    "When guys get to a certain age, my question becomes, 'Why? Why go in and fight a guy?' I know you love it. I know this is who you are and everything else, but if he does this juice bar thing and it takes off and he makes millions of dollars, good for him. I'd rather that happen."

    Franklin discussed the venture in an interview last month.

    "Nutrition has always been a passion of mine," he said. "I have been laying the groundwork for an organic juice bar, Ze/Lin, to open this fall in LA. My first location will be in Beverly Hills. I’m excited and even busier."

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    Always will be a fan of Rich. I probably will never step foot in an organic juice bar but I hope he succeeds.

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    Always was a fan as well of Franklin. I'd like to see him go out with a big win, but he has nothing to prove at all. He will always be known as one of the greatest Middleweights of all time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stpierrecanada View Post
    Always was a fan as well of Franklin. I'd like to see him go out with a big win, but he has nothing to prove at all. He will always be known as one of the greatest Middleweights of all time.
    And one of the classiest.

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    I dont think every fighter sticks to fighting because of the money, at least not Rich. (It often sounds like its what Dana thinks)
    Nope

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    give him a retirement fight against Bisping

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    I hate that Dana basically calls for this stuff, and it becomes so or if it doesn't then the fighter in question is permanently labeled as washed up, and a health risk. You know if Rich ever gets tko/ko'ed again then Dana will be "worried about his safety as his friend because he loves the guy". Rich has been alternating wins in losses for awhile now, he he only been knocked out twice over the last several years, he took pretty much zero actual damage in his loss to Forrest, so why decide for him that he needs to retire? Why throw an employee under the bus like that? It has never been Danas place to do that, it never will be, and sometimes he is just plain wrong about it anyways. Hey Dana, if you really care about the guy talk to him in private, if he still wants to keep going then stop giving him top guys since you apparently don't think he can hang anymore, or release him. You won't do that though because he has name value so you'll throw him in against more elite, very dangerous fighter, and then wine about how he needs to listen to you about retiring. When great baseball players start to suck they eventually get benched or sent to the minors, and that's the way it should be. When a top level athete is no longer top level they should have to take a step back in competition to see where they belong in the big picture. It's just like Mir and Overeem, there is no reason they should be fighting a do or die fight. They are both top talent that has lost to top talent, they should both be fighting lesser talent to see if they should drop to the next tier. It has never made sense to me why the UFC will cut the let's say #12 guy because he lost 3 fights to the #7, #9, & #11 guy while the #28 guy still has a job. How does that work? If you are going to employee 50 people then you should be employing the 50 best you can not keeping the 48th best because on some days he is a little better than the 47th best but on some days he is a little worse than the 49th best, while at the same time you are firing a top 15 guy because he will never be better than aNY of your top 10 guys. It doesn't, and never has, made a damn bit of sense to me.
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    Juice bar doesn't seem like a good business idea to me, but I live in Northern Ontario, so we're not really chock full of the liberal hippie douchebag types who would frequent a juice bar... We've got plain ol' douchebags, and dirtbags, and losers, but not too much of that liberal hippie douchebag crowd.

    That said, best of luck to Rich, have always enjoyed him as a fighter.

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    The idea of a juice bar does seem seriously foreign to me.
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    I don't think Dana White even realizes how much of an ass he is everytime he announces to everyone how someone should retire. These guys have done so much for his company and he practically runs them over with a bus and then to make sure he backs up and runs them over again.
    If he thinks someone needs to retire, have that conversation in private. Any decent boss should have at least that much respect/decency towards his employees. I don't remember any hockey GM (as an example) announcing how some of his players should just retire.
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