Franklin: “It’ll be the last time you see me inside the cage.”

This week, at an interview in the Philippines, former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, told reporters that he did not know if he could train for a fight and act as ONE FC’s vice president.

The MMA legend and former math teacher, who is known for his uncanny resemblance to Jim Carrey (hence Franklin’s nickname, “Ace”), said his duties for ONE kept him away from his home and training facilities “for about a month’s worth of time” and that this “was going to repeatedly happen.”

Franklin also said it had been a while since he had been in the cage.  His last fight was in 2012 and featured him on the receiving end of a vicious, first-round knockout at the hands of Vietnamese middleweight, Cung Le.  “Ace” has since focused solely on his duties as ONE FC vice president.

Rich left the door open for another fight, though, but said if it does happen, it would “be the last time you see me inside the cage.”

The entire interview can be seen below.


Chris Zahar is an American-born journalist. He has been covering Asian MMA since 2013, and his work has been featured in both Fight of the Night and Yahoo Sports. He has also interviewed such top Asian, ONE FC stars as Rob Lisita, Paul Cheng, and Sam "Sung Ming Yen." Chris also has the honor of training at TOUGH MMA, the only Taiwanese fight team to have exclusive partnership with ONE Fighting Championship. In his spare time, Chris not only enjoys mixed martial arts, but studies politics, philosophy, and Chinese. He is also happily married and a proud father to his son. Chris resides in Taiwan.