ONE Championship unveils revolutionary weight-cutting program

For years, there has been discussion in the mixed martial arts community about the dangers of weight cutting. Recently, in ONE Championship, Yang Jian Bing, a flyweight competitor for the promotion, passed away after a failed cut. It was just the latest instance of a weight cut gone wrong and the executives at ONE Championship have now put a program in place for fighter safety...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin says he was handcuffed and detained at LAX in case of mistaken identity

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Rich Franklin (L) is interviewed by Joe Rogan after defeating Wanderlei Silva at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drummond on June 23, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLCFormer tennis player James Blake suffered a case of mistaken identity a few months ago when he was tackled...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Dana White Pay Tribute To Rich Franklin After His Retirement

UFC President Dana White has had nothing but good things to say about former champion Rich Franklin throughout his time in the promotion and it appears that appreciation for his talents both inside and outside of the Octagon continues to this day as he’s just released a video paying tribute to ‘Ace’ after the star officially announced his retirement from the sport.
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Former UFC Champ Rich Franklin Retires From MMA

What? I thought Rich Franklin (pictured) retired from MMA years ago. Well, on Monday, the former UFC middleweight champion made it official. In a heartfelt blog post for the Player’s Tribune, Franklin said it was time to hang up his gloves once and for all. “I decided I didn’t want to announce “retirement”, rather, I am announcing that I have closed one chapter of my life...
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Former UFC champion Rich Franklin announces his retirement from MMA

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Monday after a career spanning 39 fights with 20 of those taking place inside the Octagon. Franklin hasn't fought since a 2012 loss to Cung Le, but remained reticent that he may return to action one day. Now the former middleweight champion and likely UFC Hall of Famer has...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin Officially Confirms His Retirement

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin has officially called time on his MMA career at the age of 40. Franklin hasn’t actually fought since a first round KO loss to Cung Le in November of 2012, but had one fight left in his contract and up until this point he’d refused to rule out the possibility of returning to the Octagon one last time. “I have to accept that I am...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC: The end of the Machida era

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida was once one of the greatest fighters the sport had seen.  With his elusive style and pin-point accuracy he was like quicksilver in the Octagon and this made him a hard puzzle to figure out.  But once exposed, his career has been the story of two fighters; one a methodical beast who would wait for the right time to go for the kill and the other a...
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin: 'I'm conducting myself like I'm still going to fight again'

It's been more than two years since Rich Franklin actually stepped foot in the UFC Octagon for a fight and the fact of the matter is he may never step foot in there again, but until he believes the sport has truly passed him by, there's still a chance he will return. Franklin, 40, has been occupying his time outside the cage with numerous business ventures, as well as a becoming...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin: Anderson Silva will be remembered like Lance Armstrong

Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva won his UFC title back in 2006 by dominating and finishing then-champ Rich Franklin. Then, in 2007, he beat "Ace" up even worse in their rematch. S, you'd think that Franklin may have a bit of a chip on his shoulder with regards to "The Spider." In fact, Franklin recently told Submission Radio that his "heart bleeds" for Anderson, after...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cung Le retires from fighting

UFC middleweight Cung Le has announced his retirement from fighting, after two decades of kickboxing, san shou, and MMA competition. MMA Junkie broke the news that the Vietnames-born fighter was quitting MMA, with Le's statement (below), and Dave Doyle followed up with a story confirming that the 42 year-old was retiring from fight competition of all kinds.  Le last fought in August...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin: If I have to hand my city over, I'm going to give it to Matt Brown

When the UFC returned to Cincinnati in May, hometown hero Rich Franklin was nowhere to be found on the card.  Franklin, who hails from the Queen City, put Cincinnati on the map in regards to MMA in the UFC. That night, UFC welterweight Matt Brown charged to the Octagon to battle Brazilian Erick Silva in the main event. Brown eventually scored a TKO victory after one of the most...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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

This week, at an interview in the Philippines, 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...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC Fight Night 48 Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau is the first of two UFC events set to take place next Saturday, August 23rd and you can check out the full fight card below. Headlining the show is a middleweight match-up between Michael Bisping And Cung Le. Bisping’s coming off a decision loss to Tim Kennedy that leaves him out of the title hunt for now and ranked No.8 in the division, while Le hasn’t...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

5 dream fights to make in EA Sports UFC

In only a few days the UFC and EA Sports will release their latest video game to the public with EA Sports UFC on Xbox One and Playstation 4. Fight fans have been waiting a long time for the release of this game and it’s almost here. With the release around the corner, EA Sports and the UFC have started to release which fighters you can compete as in their new game. Current fighters...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Rich Franklin’s TEDx Talk On ‘How To Be A Loser’

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin held a TEDx talk recently on the subject of ‘How To Be A Loser’ and you can watch it in full below. A fan favorite in the UFC, Franklin has lost to some of the best in the business during his time in mixed martial arts, including the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort, but he’s also had his fair share of big...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Rich Franklin Be The Next Vice President of ONE FC?

Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich “Ace” Franklin, has confirmed that he has been in talks with ONE FC about becoming their new vice president. Franklin posted on his Facebook page that he had been talking with ONE officials and that this decision to move to the small, Singaporean, mixed martial arts promotion had been supported by UFC president Dana White and co-owner, Lorenzo...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva Headlines UFC Fight Night 40

Forget about Rich Franklin’s swan song headlining the UFC’s return to his hometown of Cincinnati. The former middleweight champion is far too occupied with his juice bar at this point. A welterweight affair between Matt Brown (pictured) and Erick Silva will actually take top billing in the May 10 event. UFC officials confirmed the shootout with Monday afternoon...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cung Le wants Wanderlei Silva in August. Feel Silva can come back & talks Instagram picture

Cung Le is a 41-year-old badass. A martial artist in the truest sense of the word. We’ve been impressed by the former Strikeforce middleweight champion dozens of times, but his knockout over Rich Franklin in China in November of 2012 was probably one of the best we’ve ever seen. So what does this beefcake spinning kick master have to say to our Marcos Villegas? Well, quite a...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin on UFC fighter pay “UFC not in business to give money away”

Rich Franklin is transitioning from being an MMA star to a full-time juicer and spokesman for the sport he loves, and while he still has one fight in the bag, it’s interesting to get the perspective of one of MMA’s true pioneers and stars on the business of MMA. We were lucky enough to have an in-depth interview with the former middleweight champion about many, many taboo subjects...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin talks UFC return & juicing

Rich Franklin is well on his way to the UFC Hall of Fame, this much is known and this much is obvious, but I suggest possibly an even greater honor to bestow upon the former UFC middleweight champion – create a new weight division called ‘Franklinweight.’ You know what I’m saying here – create a 195 pound division and name it after Rich Franklin. Few people have skipped...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin breaks down UFC 168: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 2

You know, I wish Chris Weidman had been around longer, I would’ve loved to see him fight Rich Franklin at some point in their respective careers. But now, Rich is in his twilight, getting ready to hop on a horse and ride towards the sunset, with his last fight being his next fight. It’s been a great career for the multi-time champion. He was once considered the greatest middleweight...
Via Fight Hub TV
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin’s next fight will be his last

With the constant reminder from MMA, boxing, the NFL and other sports about head trauma and longevity in sports taking center stage in 2013, I’m happy to bid Rich Franklin adieu. Rich, you, like GSP, have nothing to prove. For a while there, you were considered the best middleweight until Anderson showed up, but now it’s time to go. I was never the biggest Rich Franklin fan....
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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