Former UFC champion Rich Franklin has officially joined the executive board of ONE FC, the largest MMA promotion in Asia.
Franklin, who has yet to formally announce his retirement, has not competed since a 2012 loss by knockout to Cung Le.
“The offer was definitely something that appealed to me and I like the people at ONE FC, so it was a no-brainer,” said Franklin, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “There is no convincing needed for me to join the team. I’m a ONE FC member and I’m here this week.”
Victor Cui, chief executive officer for ONE FC, stated that “Rich Franklin is…an icon in this industry. Everyone loves him, he is well-respected and he will be a fantastic addition to the team.”
Franklin will be working with the media in terms of helping ONE FC move into new markets, along with fighter development, as part of his new job as vice president.
UFC president Dana White has previously stated that Franklin is welcome to compete inside the Octagon if he wants to again, as there are no hard feelings with him taking the ONE FC job. The former UFC middleweight champion is a two-time “Fight of the Night” winner,” including his most recent victory in 2012 over Wanderlei Silva.