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Report: Rich Franklin not considering retirement

During his post-UFC 77 review, Alex Marvez of briefly made mention that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin might consider retirement as a option following his second career loss to current champion Anderson Silva.

However, in Dann Stupp’s latest Dayton Daily News column, it doesn’t appear that Franklin is seriously considering retirement.

Stupp spoke with J.T. Stewart, Franklin’s publicity manager, who put the retirement rumors to rest.

“Rich still has a lot left to accomplish in this sport,” Stewart said to Stupp. “It’s too early for him to even consider retirement at this point.”

It also appears as though the UFC will continue to support Franklin.

“Rich Franklin will always be a part of this organization,” UFC president Dana White is quoted as saying in the article. “He’s one of the team players here in the UFC, and he’s going to be here forever.”

To read Dann’s entire column, just click here.