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MMA: One FC adds legend Franklin as VP; 15,000 tickets sold for Indoor Stadium bout

Published on May 28, 2014 10:52 PM
 
Rich Franklin at the Evolve MMA gym in Singapore on May 9, 2012. In one of its biggest moves to date, One Fighting Championship has roped in the mixed martial arts legend as its vice-president in charge of fighter development, media engagement and growing the Singapore-based organisation's brand across Asia. -- PHOTO: MY PAPER FILE

In one of its biggest moves to date, One Fighting Championship has roped in mixed martial arts legend Rich Franklin as its vice-president in charge of fighter development, media engagement and growing the Singapore-based organisation's brand across Asia.

"I honestly believe in a few years' time, MMA can be as big as football in this region, and that's what I aim to do by training more Asian fighters to the top level and creating regular content for fans to watch and be excited about," the 39-year-old told The Straits Times.

Franklin, regarded as one of the sport's greatest middleweights, is under contract for one more fight with the rival Ultimate Fighting Championship.

"That will be my final fight - I haven't decided who the opponent will be but I hope to get it done before I turn 40," said the affable Cincinnati native, who has won 29 out of 37 official bouts.

 
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