Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin is officially calling it quits.
Now serving as the vice-president of One Championship in Asia, Franklin retires from mixed martial arts with a professional record of 29-7 (1 NC).
“I am announcing that I have closed one chapter of my life and begun another,” Franklin said in a piece he authored in the Players Tribune called “Chasing a Dream.”
The former UFC middleweight champ last fought Nov. 10, 2012 in Macau, China in a loss to Cung Le.
Franklin captured the title at UFC 53 with a doctor’s stoppage win over Evan Tanner.
“I have learned that my friends, family, coaches, training partners and even my fans shared the joy of my victories … However, they also suffered the disappointment of my losses,” Franklin said.
“So, where do I go from here? In my mind, the sky is the limit! I decided I didn’t want to announce “retirement”, rather, I am announcing that I have closed one chapter of my life and begun another. I am blessed to continue working in an industry I helped build. I will continue to do great things with ONE Championship.
Many years ago, I was just a guy chasing his dream. Today, I stand here humbled and appreciative of where that pursuit took me. God bless!”
Good luck in retirement Ace.