Rich Franklin declines UFC fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to focus on juice business

Rich Franklin turning down a fight? Never thought I'd see the day ...

Earlier this year, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Rich Franklin told the combat sports media that he wasn't a fan of watching mixed martial arts (MMA) fights.

Apparently, he's not a fan of participating in them, either.

That's because "Ace" has reportedly turned down a light heavyweight fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, according to Ariel Helwani, which would have been a part of the UFC Fight Night 40 event inside US Bank Arena on May 10, 2014, in Franklin's backyard of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The event is now headlined by Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva (more on that here).

Franklin (29-7) was originally set to do battle against "Lil' Nog" at the UFC 133 event in late 2011; however, Nogueira injured himself in training (shocking, I know) and was forced to withdraw. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 coach moved on to squeak past Wanderlei Silva in their UFC 147 rematch the following February.

Then came a stone-cold knockout against Cung Le overseas and "Ace" has remained in place.

While he's expected to compete one final time before hanging up the gloves for good (his words), he's been pre-occupied with his new business venture, Ze/Lin organic juice bar, which recently opened in Los Angeles, California (reviews).

And there's a lot of miles on those tires.

Franklin turns 40 later this year and has been out of action for over 16 months. In addition, he's suffered a couple of busted noses throughout his career (watch the first one here) as well as a shattered hand against David Loiseau and a broken arm during his Chuck Liddell fight (pic).

Who needs that kind of drama when you can make a mint busting grapes?

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