Rich Franklin is still unknown about his fighting career. He spoke in depth and a lengthy conversation in this piece. Check it out below:
Finding time to train: “That’s the reason why I haven’t scheduled anything, “I have one fight left on my contract with the UFC, and it is my intention to fulfill that contract. I’m working all the time, but I’m still training quite a bit. I just have to get my business to a point where realistically I could walk away and put it on cruise control, or at least have the mechanisms in place where the business doesn’t need my daily attention, and that’s just not the case now.
“Until that’s possible, I can’t commit myself to a full-time training regimen.”
Franklin (29-7 MMA, 14-6 UFC), a former UFC middleweight champion and longtime UFC fighter is now a supporter of leading a clean, healthy lifestyle.
Launching ZeLin Juice and Fusion Cafe: “This is my next phase,” Franklin said. “It’s a natural progression for me as an athlete who’s always been about healthy lifestyle and fitness and nutrition. At the end of the day, it has to be something that we’re passionate about.”
Expanding his new business: “We love our business plan, and I think this is something that’s going to take off for us,” Franklin said. “There will be a lot of trying times between now and then and a lot of work, but we’re excited.
“For us, this is not just a business. I mean, yeah, I want to make money. I want the business to grow. But we also want to impact people. We want to impact lives, change lives. I’m talking to people like my friends and helping them to make better lifestyle choices and health choices. This is about educating people and helping to give back to the community as well. We want to set up food banks or maybe build some parks with our profits. We truly are passionate about being able to help.”
Would he come back to fighting?: “It’s not the glory and all that stuff,” Franklin said. “I got into this game because I was really passionate about fighting. I really care about the fight game. It’s not about not letting go. That’s just been my life for the past 20 years, and it’s not as easy as just saying, ‘It’s done and behind you.’
“If a doctor came to me and said, ‘Rich, you can never fight again,’ because I had some type of medical condition, then it is what it is. I’m cool with that. I’ve done enough in the sport that I can walk away.
“There are days that I wake up and I’m working so hard that I think, ‘I can just focus on ZeLin and be done with MMA.’ But there are days when you wake up and think, ‘I love the competition. I love being in the game with my team and working with my coaches.’ There are other aspects of the game that I miss besides the glory and the fame and whatever else. I’m not ready to say, ‘I’m completely done’ – even if this business is super successful.”
It seems to me that Franklin is done fighting, but does not want to come out and say it.