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Rich Franklin Won't Close the Door on TRT

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin knows that he is moving closer and closer to having to end his MMA career. So, if there was a way "Ace" could get back to use younger fighting self, would he?

Franklin, who will meet Cung Le next month in China at UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le, has decided to not use testosterone replacement therapy after receiving strong criticism from fans recently.

"The public perception of TRT is that it's cheating," said Franklin, in an interview with ESPN. "The moment I said I was actually thinking about it, I started getting quite a bit of backlash."

Franklin, who returned after a lengthy absence to defeat Wanderlei Silva, added, "perhaps I will consider quitting or possibly taking TRT (when he feels he's lost a step). More than likely, in my mind, I'll choose retirement over the necessity of TRT to continue."

Fighters such as Frank Mir, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Forrest Griffin, all fellow former UFC champions, have used TRT prior to recent bouts.

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