Rich-Franklin - MMAWEEKLYUFC icon Rich Franklin has been a team player for a long time, taking any fight thrown his way even if it meant meeting at a catch-weight or changing divisions to create more interesting options. It looks like “Ace” is also approaching his future in the Octagon the same way, recently stating he intends to complete his contract before considering retirement.

The 38-year old Franklin spoke to The MMA Hour this week where he told fans they can expect to see him in action at least one more time before he trades in his trademark pink/brown trunks for good.

“I have at least one more fight, possibly two more fights on my contract. I always said I would definitely fulfill my contract so I at least have that much,” Franklin explained, adding that he was aiming for a return to the ring later this year.

Franklin hasn’t fought since being flattened by Cung Le in November. The 29-7 former champion has alternated between winning/losing over his last eight efforts with instances of success against Matt Hamill, Wanderlei Silva, and Chuck Liddell.