Dana White Sees No Reason Why Rich Franklin Cant Still Fight For The UFC

Last Saturday news broke that former UFC Middleweight king pin Rich Franklin would be joining Asia’s largest MMA organization, ONE Fighting Championship, as its new Vice President. Dana White has spoken out saying he doesn’t see why Franklin couldn’t still fight in the UFC while he’s the VP of ONE FC. At the UFC on FOX 11 post-fight media scrum, White addressed the issue:

On the job offer from ONE FC:

“He’s still under contract to fight, if he ever wanted to fight. You know, we have a good relationship with Rich. Rich got offered a really good opportunity to go work with those guys and I’m happy for him. There’s nothing wrong if you come and ask and say…hey listen, how can be upset with a guy for trying to better his life or taking a great opportunity somewhere? You can’t. It’s the sneaky guys that lie to your face and all that stuff.”

On Franklin’s last remaining fight on his UFC contract:

“It’s not like if he takes this job that’s it, we’ll never have him fight in the UFC again. If he came back and wanted to fight he’s still under contract with us, and he hasn’t officially retired. Rich is out there making some moves. He started a business, he’s got this business that he’s running and he’s putting all his time, effort and money into it, but he needs another source of income for more money to come in. So these guys gave him a huge opportunity and he’s going to take it.”

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