Rich Franklin Says He'll Fight One More Time For the UFC
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.11.2014
He just needs to find the time...
Rich Franklin recently spoke about his final fight he has on his UFC contract and more. Check out the highlights:
On needing to find time to train: "That's the reason why I haven't scheduled anything. I have one fight left on my contract with the UFC, and it is my intention to fulfill that contract. I'm working all the time, but I'm still training quite a bit. I just have to get my business to a point where realistically I could walk away and put it on cruise control, or at least have the mechanisms in place where the business doesn't need my daily attention, and that's just not the case now. Until that's possible, I can't commit myself to a full-time training regimen."
On his ZeLin Juice and Fusion Cafe business: "This is my next phase. It's a natural progression for me as an athlete who's always been about healthy lifestyle and fitness and nutrition. At the end of the day, it has to be something that we're passionate about."
On the side venture taking up his time: "I thought going into business and opening up ZeLin would be a slower pace than the fight game, but all I did was make myself busier. I did not realize what kind of time goes into building a business, especially building one from the ground up...Business is starting to take off, starting to make a little traction. On a recent produce order, what we thought was going to last us three days lasted us about a day and a half. Midway through the second day, we were pretty much out of the product."
On taking over a shift when his manager had to call out: "I've been juicing for a long time, but what we do in the store and what I do in my house are two completely different things. A few people walked in a recognized me and said, ‘What are you doing working the counter?' But it's totally different when it's your thing."
On working with California's Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy: "I had a chance to speak at Sunburst, and that was the definitely a good, life-changing moment for me, just seeing something like that in action. It was a blessing to be down there. Every store we open, we'd like to hire a couple of kids that come out of the academy. When I was younger, I had my fair share of problems that I had to deal with all the time. I was around drugs all the time, living in a poverty-stricken environment as a kid. I understand these things. I think that's what really touched me about the whole thing. Children are in that kind of environment and filled with problems like gangs, drugs and abusive homes that become a cyclic pattern. They don't know how to break that mold. These are the kids who say that if it wasn't for Sunburst, they'd be face down in a gutter somewhere. These are people who have taken back control of their lives and are trying to make a change."
On his company's plan to expand: "We love our business plan, and I think this is something that's going to take off for us. There will be a lot of trying times between now and then and a lot of work, but we're excited. For us, this is not just a business. I mean, yeah, I want to make money. I want the business to grow. But we also want to impact people. We want to impact lives, change lives. I'm talking to people like my friends and helping them to make better lifestyle choices and health choices. This is about educating people and helping to give back to the community as well. We want to set up food banks or maybe build some parks with our profits. We truly are passionate about being able to help."
On his mindset about MMA: "It's not the glory and all that stuff. I got into this game because I was really passionate about fighting. I really care about the fight game. It's not about not letting go. That's just been my life for the past 20 years, and it's not as easy as just saying, ‘It's done and behind you.' If a doctor came to me and said, ‘Rich, you can never fight again,' because I had some type of medical condition, then it is what it is. I'm cool with that. I've done enough in the sport that I can walk away. There are days that I wake up and I'm working so hard that I think, ‘I can just focus on ZeLin and be done with MMA.' But there are days when you wake up and think, ‘I love the competition. I love being in the game with my team and working with my coaches.' There are other aspects of the game that I miss besides the glory and the fame and whatever else. I'm not ready to say, ‘I'm completely done' – even if this business is super successful."