The former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin has taken a front office role with one of the major MMA promotions in the world. Franklin has been announced as the Vice President of One Fighting Championship (ONE FC).
Rich Franklin joins his long-time head coach, and current Vice President of Operations at ONE FC, Matt Hume in the organization.
First reported by Cheryl Tay of Yahoo Sports, Rich Frankin commented on the decision to accept his new position, including joining the CEO Victor Cui and the team for their ONE FC 16 event this week in Singapore.
“The offer was definitely something that appealed to me and I like the people at ONE FC, so it was a no-brainer decision. There is no convincing needed for me to join the team. I’m a ONE FC member and I’m here this week to discuss how I can optimize my expertise and experience,” Franklin said.
“I am here to learn the culture of the organisation; how it operates, how it functions. They have an aggressive growth plan over the next couple of years and it will be about me learning how that growth plan is going to execute,” he said in an exclusvie interview today.
Rich Franklin will continue his operations for ONE FC from his residence of Ohio, Cincinnatti. His role of Vice President will include doing work in the media to promote ONE FC, in addition to fighter development.
The 39 year old Rich Franklin last fought in 2012—suffering a 1st round knockout loss to Cung Le. “Ace” currently has 1 fight left on his UFC contract, and fully expects to fulfill that contract. The position with ONE FC does not mean a retirement from competition in the sport for Franklin, who had the full support of the UFC’s President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
“According to the UFC, taking a position in ONE FC does not force me into retiring from fighting. It is my intention to fight my last fight and it will be my retirement fight. But I have to sit down and discuss this with everybody [at ONE FC] as well. Will it be at 185 or 205 pounds? It doesn’t matter as long as the opponent they pick makes sense to me. It must be something exciting for the fans to see.”