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Report: Rich Franklin not considering retirement

During his post-UFC 77 review, Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com briefly made mention that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin might consider retirement as a option following his second career loss to current champion Anderson Silva.

However, in Dann Stupp’s latest Dayton Daily News column, it doesn’t appear that Franklin is seriously considering retirement.

Stupp spoke with J.T. Stewart, Franklin’s publicity manager, who put the retirement rumors to rest.

“Rich still has a lot left to accomplish in this sport,” Stewart said to Stupp. “It’s too early for him to even consider retirement at this point.”

It also appears as though the UFC will continue to support Franklin.

“Rich Franklin will always be a part of this organization,” UFC president Dana White is quoted as saying in the article. “He’s one of the team players here in the UFC, and he’s going to be here forever.”

To read Dann’s entire column, just click here.

9 COMMENTS
  • a. hieronymous says:

    sounds like Dana White & Franklin’s manager are accidentally reading the same prepared statement.

  • dizzle says:

    he should take a rest and let someone come in and dethrone silva…then go and attack the belt.

    He needs to work on a better Clinch Defense.

  • Drehog says:

    What exactly does he have left to accomplish? Sometimes Dana says the absolute dumbest things.

  • canuck says:

    Maybe he can come back, he just lost by a nose…..

  • a. hieronymous says:

    Drop to welterweight until Silva gets into a contract dispute with Zuffa!

  • He some more headlining news, Anderson Silva doesn’t want to retire either!

  • So he didn’t beat Anderson Silva? Did you really think two fights was enough to prepare him for Anderson again? I think the fight was way too premature. Retirement shouldn’t be a consideration… there’s still a lot of room for growth.

  • Dan Cruickshank says:

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    “Rich still has a lot left to accomplish in this sport,” Stewart said to Stupp. “It’s too early for him to even consider retirement at this point.”

    It also appears as though the UFC will continue to support Franklin.

    “Rich still has a lot left to accomplish in this sport,” UFC president Dana White is quoted as saying in the article. “It’s too early for him to even consider retirement at this point.”

    =======

    Um… So they both said the exactly same thing

  • a. hieronymous says:

    Franklin = paper champion.

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