Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin used to enjoy kicking back and watching fights every Saturday night but fifteen years in the Octagon as taken its toll on the former school teacher and these days, he’d rather just skip them.
He explains why in an interview with FOX Sports:
“It’s different for me. Like I don’t sit down on a Saturday night and watch the fights like a casual fan. I’m analyzing fighters. The worst part about watching fights for me, it puts me in the mental mindset as if I’m there fighting. I’ve really gotten to the point where I don’t necessarily enjoy the fights as a spectator like I used to 15 years ago,” Franklin told The Great MMA Debate podcast.
“I’ll watch the occasional fight with my friends, but even then you’ll see me sitting on the couch kind of bobbing and weaving as if I’m in the cage. It’s a really weird feeling.”
“I’ll catch the highlights and read the headlines the next day,” Franklin said.