Rich Franklin, a former UFC middleweight champion and current executive with ONE FC, received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under fellow fighter Jorge Gurgel recently.
— Rich Franklin (@RichFranklin) October 10, 2014
Franklin (29-7) hasn’t competed since a 2012 knockout loss in China to Cung Le, and is 3-4 in his last seven fights overall. However, he’s yet to put his retirement officially in play, stating he hopes to fight at least once more.
“Ace” holds notable wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hamill and Ken Shamrock during his career.