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    We pulled up to a crowd of what seemed like 1,000 fans in front of my hotel. It was a short ride back from the O2 Arena, and I had just been through a war. Although victorious, I was beaten down and just wanted to go to my room, relax with my team and some food.

    My coach saw the deflated look on my face and said, “How many more opportunities are you going to get to do this?”

    He was right. Dinner would just have to wait.

    I count my blessings when I consider the experiences God has given me. Very few people in this world get to do what they are passionate about. I studied education in college, and while I wanted to teach, it was still just a job. Training in mixed martial arts was my hobby. My father wanted to strangle me the day I told him I quit my career as a teacher to pursue fighting. This was at a time before MMA was mainstream and was described as “human cockfighting.”

    I fought in shows before athletic commissions really existed. We brought our own gloves … if we even wanted to use them. I fought in cages with torn chain links or broken floorboards, oftentimes in front of crowds at bars or fairgrounds of less than a few hundred people. It wasn’t a rare occasion for a fighter not to show and to have someone from the crowd fill the spot. Weight classes? What were weight classes?

    Then, in what seemed like overnight, I was fighting in UFC 42 at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Suddenly I had a camera in my face and had to worry about being on cue. Wasn’t I just here to fight? The venue that evening was only half full, yet it was still thousands of people.

    I was fortunate enough to begin my career in the UFC when MMA was on the precipice of popularity in the U.S. We spent endless hours traveling to do PR and conduct interviews preaching the gospel of MMA. One by one, we watched state athletic commissions legalize MMA, and we began the process in other countries. It came in handy having a former high school math teacher as one of your champions. I had the privilege of fighting in eight different countries.

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    Remember how my father wanted to strangle me? Well, during the week of my first title defense, we had dinner together.

    Correction: He ate a steak hoagie and I had ice chips. The joys of cutting weight.

    Anyway, while we were sitting together, he told me how proud he was of me for chasing my dream. Hearing that outweighed any belt that could have been wrapped around my waist.I was joking with my mom a few weeks ago pretending that I was negotiating a final fight. I found out the next day she had not slept a wink that night.“We’ve had our battles and done our duty,” she said.

    I thought it was interesting how she used words like “our.” I have learned that my friends, family, coaches, training partners and even my fans shared the joy of my victories. It was as if they stepped into the cage with me for every fight. However, they also suffered the disappointment of my losses.

    My mother was right, though, and it reminded me of Paul’s words in 2nd Timothy 4:7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…” This comes at a time when I have to accept that I am no longer 25. The body has slowed down, and while ever so slightly, those fractions of a difference determine victory or defeat at the top level.

    So what will I miss the most from this journey? I can close my eyes and picture myself pacing the hallway before I walk out to the arena. I can hear the crowd cheering for me when For Those About To Rock begins. Then I make my way to the cage.

    Although addicting, the “glory” you feel is not comparable to the rally behind you when preparing. My coaches sacrificed for me like I was a child or a brother. Training partners often trained selflessly to help me improve. Friends and family supported in every way they could. Fans and communities came together watching me fight, on the edge of their seats. These people were like troops uniting behind a general marching into battle. When my hand was raised after the fight, everyone knew a piece of that victory also belonged to them.

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    So, where do I go from here? In my mind, the sky is the limit! I decided I didn’t want to announce “retirement,” rather, I am announcing that I have closed one chapter of my life and begun another. I am blessed to continue working in an industry I helped build. I will continue to do great things with ONE Championship.

    Many years ago, I was just a guy chasing his dream. Today, I stand here humbled and appreciative of where that pursuit took me. God bless!



    I am shocked to see no one posted this by now, MMA news hasn't had much going on lately, other than Jon Jones Drama and Mousasi getting KTFO.

    Rich Franklin was a class act, he didn't need to trash talk his opponent to get people to watch his fights.

    My favorite fight was the Travis Lutter fight, I remember watching Franklin escaping that armbar, I couldn't believe he was able to get out of it, I thought that fight was over, but I was ecstatic that he was able to escape.

    It is Franklin's time to go, he had not fought in three years and the last time he fought he received a highlight reel KO from Cung Le. I am glad he's going out on his terms, Dana only posted a video congratulating him of his retirement. I'd expect more from them considering Franklin was the original "company man" of the UFC before GSP was around.


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    I didn't really see him fighting again given him going to the business side of MMA and being 40-41 now right?

    Great guy. Classy af and helped form modern MMA.
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    Originally Posted by sword_ View Post
    I didn't really see him fighting again given him going to the business side of MMA and being 40-41 now right?

    Great guy. Classy af and helped form modern MMA.
    Franklin even said he's no longer 25 and that he has slowed down. MMA isn't a sport for old men to compete at a high level unless they are taking some kind PED.

    I wonder if he will eventually come back to the UFC and work an admin job for them.
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    Originally Posted by wrstlr152 View Post
    Franklin even said he's no longer 25 and that he has slowed down. MMA isn't a sport for old men to compete at a high level unless they are taking some kind PED.

    I wonder if he will eventually come back to the UFC and work an admin job for them.
    Nah he's the VP of OneFC, so that will help pull some Asian talent into MMA more.
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    Was never a fan. Glad he's done the intelligent thing, though. Hopefully he enjoys retirement.
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    glad he retired. no sense in taking any more damage. was in my top 3 fav fighters forever and was always a class act.
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    Rich Franklin is an interesting case study. No formal MA background and he transitioned into being a world champion from a teaching job.

    One of my fav fighters also. Great fighting style, great technique and a great interview.

    He had some incredible fights and finishes. Still maintain that he beat Forrest and Hendo decisively.
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    Originally Posted by Von Brawn View Post
    Rich Franklin is an interesting case study. No formal MA background and he transitioned into being a world champion from a teaching job.

    One of my fav fighters also. Great fighting style, great technique and a great interview.

    He had some incredible fights and finishes. Still maintain that he beat Forrest and Hendo decisively.
    disagree on forrest but i remember thinking that he beat hendo. all i recall hendo doing that fight was kicking rich in the balls and maybe eye poking. its been so long i don't remember exactly but i remember it was fuked up.
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    I love Rich Franklin, but let's not deny the fact that Anderson retired him years ago.
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    Originally Posted by LiftBigEatBig View Post
    I love Rich Franklin, but let's not deny the fact that Anderson retired him years ago.
    Anderson retired everybody.

    After he beat them they were never the same or never really got relevant again except for Vitor.

    Doubt Vitor will be relevant much after Weidman handed him his ass

    I liked Franklin but didn't get into MMA until Silvas title reign started
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    Originally Posted by Von Brawn View Post
    Rich Franklin is an interesting case study. No formal MA background and he transitioned into being a world champion from a teaching job.

    One of my fav fighters also. Great fighting style, great technique and a great interview.

    He had some incredible fights and finishes. Still maintain that he beat Forrest and Hendo decisively.
    "World Champion" is being generous. PRIDE's WW Title was more meaningful than the UFC's Middleweight title while Rich Franklin owned the belt, without a doubt. Franklin beat Evan Tanner and David Loiseau, hardly top competition at the time. While over in PRIDE you had Hendo, Busta, Misaki, Gono, Kang, et al... fighting each other in PRIDE.
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    Originally Posted by Donoreem View Post
    "World Champion" is being generous. PRIDE's WW Title was more meaningful than the UFC's Middleweight title while Rich Franklin owned the belt, without a doubt. Franklin beat Evan Tanner and David Loiseau, hardly top competition at the time. While over in PRIDE you had Hendo, Busta, Misaki, Gono, Kang, et al... fighting each other in PRIDE.
    It's cute how people still think PRIDE fights were real.
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    Originally Posted by 1sttimecaller View Post
    It's cute how people still think PRIDE fights were real.
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    Originally Posted by 1sttimecaller View Post
    It's cute how people still think PRIDE fights were real.

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    I was wondering about him the other day. I assumed he was retired but wasn't 100%. Thanks for posting.
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    Originally Posted by Donoreem View Post
    "World Champion" is being generous. PRIDE's WW Title was more meaningful than the UFC's Middleweight title while Rich Franklin owned the belt, without a doubt. Franklin beat Evan Tanner and David Loiseau, hardly top competition at the time. While over in PRIDE you had Hendo, Busta, Misaki, Gono, Kang, et al... fighting each other in PRIDE.
    So pretty much Pride had a bunch of ching chong ping pongs and Hendo? Franklin beat their former WW champ Hendo (got robbbed by judges) and their former MW champ Wand twice. He is more of a world champion than either of those guys - no TRT usage, no running from test, no obvious juicing, belt ain't from a shady yakuza influenced MMA organization thats known for having fixed fights and giving bicycles to their fighters etc.

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    i remember watching franklin vs silva 1 and counting the number of knees he absorbed.

    my favorite rich fight was probably him vs nate quarry cause of how nate's legs turned stiff when he got KO'd. that plus it was a highlight on every UFC intro video for like half a decade.

    my 2nd favorite rich fight was vs wanderlei 2. cause wanderlei is my favorite fighter of all time. really wanted wanderlei to win that fight damnit
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    It's cute how people still think PRIDE fights were real.
    Chael, is that you?

    No, whats actually "cute" is that people still make ignorant comments like this.

    Yes, there were some fights, especially in the beginning of the or, that were more Pro Wrestling (predetermined) than MMA. However, considering that Pro Wrestling is part of the roots of Pride, are you shocked?
    However, as the org grew they moved away from that to a legit MMA org.

    If you think ALL of the fights were fixed in Pride, you’re lacking mentally.
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    Originally Posted by Donoreem View Post
    "World Champion" is being generous. PRIDE's WW Title was more meaningful than the UFC's Middleweight title
    To otaku fanboys, maybe

    while Rich Franklin owned the belt, without a doubt. Franklin beat Evan Tanner and David Loiseau, hardly top competition at the time. While over in PRIDE you had Hendo, Busta, Misaki, Gono, Kang, et al... fighting each other in PRIDE.
    What is your point? Unless the respective rosters of that era fought, you can't claim one was better than another.

    When the pride roster (Hendo, Okami, Wand etc) migrated over to the UFC and fought Franklin, they lost. Vitor beat Franklin with veins full of moon juice.

    Originally Posted by cgc View Post
    Chael, is that you?

    No, whats actually "cute" is that people still make ignorant comments like this.

    Yes, there were some fights, especially in the beginning of the or, that were more Pro Wrestling (predetermined) than MMA. However, considering that Pro Wrestling is part of the roots of Pride, are you shocked?
    However, as the org grew they moved away from that to a legit MMA org.

    If you think ALL of the fights were fixed in Pride, you’re lacking mentally.
    One fixed fight in your "fighting" organization discredits everything else that happens within it.

    IDGAF how many of you pride fanboys furiously masturbate to the memories.

    One fixed fight is one too many.
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    would've been awesome if prime Dan Henderson fought Silva in Pride and a prime Rich Franklin



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    Originally Posted by Von Brawn View Post
    One fixed fight in your "fighting" organization discredits everything else that happens within it.

    IDGAF how many of you pride fanboys furiously masturbate to the memories.

    One fixed fight is one too many.
    I don't disagree that "one fixed fight is too many"....but its absolutely stupid to discredit EVERY fight in a 10 year old org because of that.
    How many Boxing matches are fixed? Do you completely write off every match in that promotion?
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    Originally Posted by Magicmees View Post
    So pretty much Pride had a bunch of ching chong ping pongs and Hendo? Franklin beat their former WW champ Hendo (got robbbed by judges) and their former MW champ Wand twice. He is more of a world champion than either of those guys - no TRT usage, no running from test, no obvious juicing, belt ain't from a shady yakuza influenced MMA organization thats known for having fixed fights and giving bicycles to their fighters etc.

    One of the most underrated fighters.
    Well, that's racist as **** of you. Misaki > Franklin.
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