White on Franklin's potential ONE FC job: 'I'm happy for him'

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UFC president Dana White has no problem with Rich Franklin taking a job with ONE FC, even though he's still under contract by the UFC if he chose to fight again.

Unlike other UFC fighters that have moved onto other organizations, Dana White appears to hold no ill will towards Rich Franklin for possibly taking a Vice President position with ONE FC. The former middleweight champion hasn't decided whether he's truly retired yet or not, but White made it clear that he's still under contract to fight for the UFC no matter what he does with other promotions - but he's actually happy for Franklin. He spoke to the media about Franklin after UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando (transcribed by MMA Fighting):

"He's still under contract to fight, if he ever wanted to fight," White said. "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."

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"I don't know, it's not like if he takes this job that's it, we'll never have him fight in the UFC again," he said. "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."

Franklin recently opened a juice bar and bakery in Los Angeles and is in the midst of expanding that business. He turned down a chance to fight in his hometown of Cincinnati at UFC Fight Night 40, and hasn't competed since a KO loss to Cung Le in late 2012.

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