At a time when the UFC needed stars, Rich Franklin was one of their big ones. A long time dominant middleweight and sometimes, light heavyweight Franklin was given a big push by the UFC, coached the Ultimater Fighter, and gained the UFC middleweight title. Now, 39 years old and out of title convention, it seems as though Franklin is close to hanging up his gloves, as he told AXS TV:
"You know, I lost my last fight, and that really kind of solidified my decision to make this my last fight coming up. I know that took me out of title contention and so for me to get back into the title hunt would be a couple years' worth of work and I know that. I'm 39, I'll be 40 next year and it's getting to the point where it's late in my life and it's really too late to have that title run so I started questioning, 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 so, that's how it is."
transcribed by MMAMania.com...
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