Rich Franklin meets today with UFC to discuss final fight
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin wants one more fight before calling it a career and it appears he will get that chance.
Franklin has been out of action since November 2012 when he lost in a dramatic knockout to former Strikeforce champion Cung Le at a UFC show in China. Since that time, questions of retirement have continue to swirl around Franklin as he just turned 39 years of age and has a 4-4 record overall in his last eight fights.
With no prospects of getting back into a title race in a reasonable amount of time, Franklin has stated on several occasions that he’d like to get one more fight in before calling it a career.
He can do whatever he wants to do.
UFC president Dana White said on Saturday that he just recently spoke to Franklin and they are meeting next week to see what’s next for the Ohio native in the Octagon.
"Talked to Rich Franklin a couple days ago. We’re meeting on Monday in Vegas," White revealed.
White has spoken openly in the past when he believes it’s time for a fighter to hang up the gloves and consider retirement, but that’s not the case with Franklin. The UFC president will support whatever decision he makes – if he wants to fight, they will give him a fight.
"He can do whatever he wants to do," White said about Franklin.
Since his last fight ended, Franklin has embarked on a new business venture, opening an organic juice bar in Los Angeles, but still has hopes of one more trip inside the Octagon.
Over the course of his career, Franklin has been one of the UFC’s biggest stars especially considering the amount of shows he’s headlined and he hasn’t held a title since he lost the middleweight belt to Anderson Silva in 2006.
Before he hangs up the gloves, however, Franklin wants one more shot at glory inside the UFC Octagon.