After rumours surfaced around the internet that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin is set to become the vice-president of Asian MMA promotion One FC, many felt this was wide of the mark. However Franklin has since commented on the situation himself, and suggested that he is working with One FC towards a deal that would give him a role in the promotion.
One FC have grown leaps and bounds since its inaugural event in July 2011, and after signing the likes of Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren and Bibiano Fernandes, it is no wonder why the promotion has taken Asia by storm. The Singapore-based organisation has, as of April 2014, hosted 14 events with 2 scheduled for next month, and now they may be bringing another high profile name on board.
The news comes shortly after a plethora of tweets posted by former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen which called Franklin out, despite Sonnen being scheduled to fight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 in July. The tweets sparked rumours that Silva may be pulling out of the fight with Sonnen, but the news of Franklin being in negotiations with One FC surely puts an end to any future fight in the UFC.
Should Franklin join One FC, ‘Ace’ will likely be cut – or, indeed, quit – the UFC, after suggesting that retirement from MMA competition could be on the cards. His last fight was a devastating KO loss at the hands of Asian fighting legend Cung Le in November 2012. The UFC are usually hasty in allowing fighters to have ventures with other promotions.
Here are Franklin’s comments, which he posted via Facebook, on the situation with One FC – H/T to Fansided’s own Josh Sanchez.
“I have been in talks with ONE FC about taking a job with them. They offered me a position as VP. I will be heading to ONE FC headquarters in the next few weeks to work out the details. I met with Dana and Lorenzo at the end of last year and they gave me their blessing. I will keep you posted.”