Earlier today, I had the opportunity to meet a fighter that I've always enjoyed watching,
but never considered one of my favorites. I am an avid fan of all things MMA, but don't
take anything too personally. By this I mean, I enjoy watching most any fight where the
participants stay active. Win or lose, Rich Franklin always fits that description.
I'd heard he was one of the nicest guys around, but I never would have guessed how cool
and laid back he really is. I entered a contest sponsored by Boost a couple months ago
(a fanshot was posted about it on this very website and promptly skewered in the comment
section). Surprisingly I won, and today Rich came into the pawn shop where I work. I was
comfortable right away, and asked him immediately if the Tito fight was indeed going to
happen. With all the Diaz drama going on, I had missed the news about his shoulder injury.
He was very open to all my questions. I asked about Gustafsson, dropping to middleweight,
his fights with AS, and if he wanted to rematch Dangerous Dan. He spent about an hour with
us today, talking with my co-workers and messing with some of the customers. They made me
film a really cheesy bit about how people listened to me now thanks to Rich and Boost mobile,
but I really committed to it and it was pretty funny.
What's my point, you may ask. Rich Franklin is a pretty kick ass guy. I'm not star struck,
by any means, but it was great to see someone who has achieved quite a bit of success, being
a regular guy who took time out to spend with some fans, and seemed really genuine.
please forgive any errors. I stumbled through my first attempt at writing anything, and I doubt I
even inserted the picture correctly