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    Out of title contention, ex-UFC champ Rich Franklin will retire after one more fight

    “I lost my last fight, and that really kind of solidified my decision to make this my last fight, coming up,” Franklin told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “I know that that took me out of title contention, and so for me to actually get back in the title hunt again would be a couple years’ worth of work.”

    In his most recent outing, Franklin headlined UFC on FUEL TV 6 in the UFC’s debut in China in Macau. But he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Cung Le, a favorite of the Asian fans.

    Franklin has alternated wins and losses for more than five years, unable to get a win streak going since a two-fight stretch in 2008 that featured TKO wins over Travis Lutter and Matt Hamill at UFC 83 and 88, respectively.

    Prior to the loss to Le, Franklin beat Wanderlei Silva in a five-round unanimous decision at UFC 147 in Brazil, giving him two wins over the Brazilian legend.

    Franklin won the UFC’s middleweight title at UFC 53 against Evan Tanner and defended it with wins over Nate Quarry and David Loiseau. But he lost it at UFC 64 against Anderson Silva, who then went on a record-setting run that only was ended earlier this year by Chris Weidman. Franklin also lost a rematch to Silva at UFC 77.

    One of the most remarkable things about Franklin’s career record is that of his seven losses, all have come against champions, eventual champions or former champions in the UFC, PRIDE or Strikeforce – Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin and Le.

    But Franklin said age is playing a factor in his decision, as well.

    “I’m 39. I’ll be 40 next year, and it’s getting to the point where it’s late in my (MMA) life, and it’s really too late to make that title run,” he said. “So I started questioning, like, what am I really fighting for if I can’t make it to the title anymore? I know I’m not in title contention anymore, and I realize that. That’s how it is.”

    Franklin said he’s open to who his final opponent will wind up being. But the way things have been going for him since beating Hamill in September 2008, it’s been all some of the biggest names in the sport’s history – Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Belfort, Chuck Liddell, Griffin and Le.

    And it sounds like that’s not lost on “Ace.”

    “Somebody that makes sense, obviously,” he said.

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    Sad to hear but makes sense. He had a damn fine career and was fun to watch.. Not always the most exciting or the flashiest, but he had alot of well fought wars both won and lost.

    Rich Franklin vs Hendo for old times sake? both coming off losses
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    I remember how he got his name. To be a legend you need to beat a legend and that was over Ken Shamrock. I hate to see Rich lose but it would be fitting to give the same chance to someone.

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    man, I love rich and hope he retires with a win. I will never forget the way he KOed nate quarry and the way he manhandled ken shamrock. how bout a fight with mark munoz or alessio sakara?

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    Job him out to Jacare to set him up for a MW title run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre View Post
    Job him out to Jacare to set him up for a MW title run.
    That would be damn fine as well. I just thought Rich vs Hendo for nostalgia sake would be fun for a retirement fight
    "I leave this as a declaration of intent, so no one will get confused. 1: Si vis pacum para bellum. Latin. If you want peace, prepare for war. 2: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family. 3: In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacies, it is necessary to act outside the law. To pursue natural justice. This isn't vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment "

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    Total class wish more fighters were like him.

    *eyes Johny*

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    True warrior and HOF'er for sure.

    my 2 wishes. I hope his last fight is at MW where he had his career highlights I also hope it against Bisbing. that fight juss needs to happpen
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    Wasn't a big fan of his fights in the last half of his career. But a class act and help build the sport and helped build Andersons legacy. Who knows how big Franklin would have been had Anderson choose a different career path
    Favorite Fights: Jonny Bones Jones, Wandy, Hendo, Cain, Matt Hughes, Melvin.

    Most disliked fighters: Michael Bisping, Spankie Edgar, Alistair Overeem, Anderson Silva, Tim Sylvia, Chuck Liddell

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    Quote Originally Posted by FedortheCan View Post
    Wasn't a big fan of his fights in the last half of his career. But a class act and help build the sport and helped build Andersons legacy. Who knows how big Franklin would have been had Anderson choose a different career path
    Rich's plastic surgeon is sure happy Silva chose the fight game for his career.
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