White: Franklin could fight in UFC despite ONE FC job


Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, 39, has opened up an organic juice bar in Beverly Hills, got called out by Chael Sonnen, appears to be the new VP at ONE FC, and has one fight left on his UFC contract.

The final two appear to be contradictory. Serving as the public face in America of a rival MMA promotion would appear to be an entirely incompatible with taking a high-profile fight in the UFC.

However, at the UFC on FOX 11 post-fight media scrum, UFC president Dana White appeared open to the idea.

"He's still under contract to fight, if he ever wanted to fight," said White as transcribed by Chuck Mindenhall for MMAFighting. "You know, we have a good relationship with Rich. Rich got offered a really good opportunity to go work with those guys and I'm happy for him.

"There's nothing wrong if you come and ask and say...hey listen, how can be upset with a guy for trying to better his life or taking a great opportunity somewhere? You can't. It's the sneaky guys that lie to your face and all that stuff."

"It's not like if he takes this job that's it, we'll never have him fight in the UFC again. If he came back and wanted to fight he's still under contract with us, and he hasn't officially retired. Rich is out there making some moves. He started a business, he's got this business that he's running and he's putting all his time, effort and money into it, but he needs another source of income for more money to come in. So these guys gave him a huge opportunity and he's going to take it."


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Jesus KO'd stayrad site profile image  

4/20/14 11:43 AM by Jesus KO'd stayrad

See what you did there

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4/20/14 11:42 AM by Jesus KO'd stayrad

He's busy never finishing his book bro give the man a break

MMAIOGIC site profile image  

4/20/14 11:36 AM by MMAIOGIC

Wow, UFC couldn't even hook Franklin up with an office job so he had to go to another MMA org for a paycheck.

ufc98newb site profile image  

4/20/14 11:17 AM by ufc98newb

still waiting on that throwdown you and McCorkle should be getting into.Are you retired now, or what?

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4/20/14 11:16 AM by ufc98newb

Rich Franklin is living life the right way.

MagSlim site profile image  

4/20/14 11:12 AM by MagSlim

I want to see him fight again. That last fight with Kung was bullshit.

Mega Colossus site profile image  

4/20/14 10:57 AM by Mega Colossus

Hmmmmmmm I'll believe it when I see it

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4/20/14 10:56 AM by KZTT_FawkingxD

Sweet good for franklin. Always an honest humble guy. Wonder if dfw is only being co because Franklin said he got the fertita blessing first, but idk. Happy they're cool about it

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4/20/14 10:42 AM by WayneGrow

That's very cool how Dana is being about this. Rich was always a company man and he got offered something the UFC wouldn't offer him. Franklin and Hume will do great work together same as when they were working together for fights.

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4/20/14 10:40 AM by MattyECB

I'm glad they're not being asses about this, Rich never hesitated to take short notice or catch weight fights that had no meaning for his career, but would help the UFC. He should get the Griffin treatment, was a company man and nothing but respectful until the end -- even when he was criticising the UFC.