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Rich Franklin disappears!

With the 1001 responsibilities that come from being Randy Couture, I’m always amazed that the Natural has the time to train for his own fights. Between his gym, his clothing line, his massive roster of fighters, and god knows what else, you’d think he’d be distracted a bit. Fortunately for him, he’s got a good woman behind him who’s acted as his business manager. And unlike his last wife who just distracted him and fucked his shit up, his new wife frees him up so he’s able to train the way he needs to and do what he’s got to do to keep the heavyweight belt around his waist.

Not everyone is as lucky as Randy Couture. Rich Franklin is still pretty lucky … his wife is a hottie and seems to be okay with the whole ‘fighting’ thing. But that’s not quite enough when you’re getting ready to fight a guy who smashed your fucking face in the last time you met. So rather than take the Randy Couture approach, Rich Franklin is taking the Rocky 4 approach : going off into the wilderness to focus on training.

“(Public Relations Work) It takes away from your family and all that kind of stuff and builds distractions into your training. Knowing that if I have some PR work to do this evening when I’m done training, I have to come into the gym, get my stuff done and I can’t go home and rest for the remainder of the evening and plan for tomorrow’s training. I have to worry about what PR is on the agenda.”

“That’s why I’m leaving town. It’s not going to be tough at all, because I won’t be here.”

“I’ve obviously never had this kind of exposure locally. This is insane. As for the sport, I don’t know. I think this is one of those fights that could possibly make me a hall of famer or not within the UFC.”

Franklin will set up camp at an undisclosed Western location. His travelling party will include three coaches and three training companions, including Jorge Gurgel, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who has been alongside Franklin throughout his career.

I was criticizing Rich earlier for all his side projects and business ventures … I honestly didn’t think he was giving his fight with Silva the attention it deserved in order for him to win. But now I’m not so sure. Will isolating himself help him regain focus? Leaving your cell phone behind will keep you from hearing it ring, but can Rich stop thinking and worrying about all his shit? Plus you’d imagine there are disadvantages to such a small training team.

Regardless, I’m glad to hear he’s taking extra steps to keep from being distracted.

  • Tommy

    I’m sure if Randy picked her she is a good women…but I can’t help but get the feeling she’s related to Ricky Bobby’s first wife.

  • garth

    What rich needs is to take this fight wearing a football helmet.

  • Jemaleddin

    Getting rid of distractions while he trains is all well and good, but how is he dealing with the nightmares where Silva beats him to death and skull-fucks his corpse? Because getting a good night’s sleep is so important when you’re strength training.

  • DJ Hapa

    “Leaving your cell phone behind will keep you from hearing it ring”

    That wasn’t his cell phone ringing…that was his head ringing from Anderson’s knee strikes.

  • fightlinker

    My god. You guys are too much. PROPS!

  • dignan

    The biggest distraction he needs to get rid of is that fucking leech Jorge Gurgel. How that guy has fooled everyone into thinking he is anything but a Napoleon with a tan, I will never know.

    He is like that small yappy dog who follows the bulldog around on Looney Tunes. Fuck I really despise Gurgel. Fucking useless.

  • steve24

    Did he really just say that he just started his first day of training?? LoL, I would have been training the following Monday after beating Okami.

  • Ryan

    He’s somewhere cold, according to Greg Franklin. That was the word from Greg last Saturday, as he was reffing an Ohio Xtreme Fighting event.

    My guess is Jeremy Horn’s gym in Utah. He’s trained there before.

  • Cyrus

    I’m totally in agreement with steve24. When did this guy start training in the wilderness? Is he really only going to train for 3 weeks to a month, or did he disappear a while ago? Maybe Rich is finally done with getting kneed into insanity and is planning on taking a “Warpath Knee” on his way to the WEC or Elite or obscurity or whatever. Anyways, I gotta get start rraining for Fedor. I’ll be done next week.


  • Tommy

    Rich being a ex math teacher and all should start trying to calculate his odds of winning vs what he’s getting paid vs the reconstructive surgery and decide to stay in the wilderness. Don’t get me wrong I like Rich but unless he gets lucky on the ground somehow I just can add up a victory for him.

  • Ted Dibiase

    he better be in the cold if he thinks hes training like Rocky

    what happened to franklin before? he looked like a complete scrub when he fought silva. why would rich franklin be thinking about the ufc hall of fame? he has mental issues if you ask me

  • Rollo the Cat

    I know he is training with Matt Hume, so I am guessing he is somewhere in the Cascade mountains.

  • steve24

    Who gives a fuck where he’s training, he’s getting his ass kick Oct. 20th in his own backyard and in front of his family.

  • garth

    wonder what else anderson is going to break? i mean, he already broke his nose in half…is he going to go for something else, maybe something artistic?

  • Mr. Theplague

    I really don’t like Rich. At all. But I think he has an extremely decent chance of winning here. I’ve been buying up the PRIDE dvds and I gotta tell you, Anderson isn’t impressing me very much. Pluss he’s praying a lot, so, y’know that’s gonna be a big BIG factor in the match.

  • Matt

    I don’t know where Rich is but i’m sure he is sporting a nice shiner, as always.

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  • gino

    You all talkin so much crap about franklin…ill tell you right now there will be a trilogy…franklin is winning this one

  • FULL of Himself

    ” I think this is one of those fights that could possibly make me a hall of famer or not within the UFC.”

    Rich makes me sick, what did he do that makes him a self proclaimed Hall of Famer??? Defend his belt 2 x? whop dee do…then Tim Slyvia is also a hall of famer

  • Mark

    I agree with 20 Gino. You guys do not know what your talking about. Rich had a bad fight. Everyone does. Rich was not taking training serious. He is going to send Silva back hom crying and hurt. Go USA!!