|Born||October 5, 1974|
|Listed hieght||6 ft 1 in|
|Listed weight||203 lbs|
|Fights out of||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Prior to becoming a full time MMA fighter, Franklin graduated from William Henry Harrison High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and later earned a master's degree in education at the University of Cincinnati, and taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Franklin and American Fighter President Jeff Adler created The Keep It In The Ring Foundation to advocate non-violence and build character in youth. This is done through after school sports, martial arts and life skills programs. His nickname "Ace" comes from his resemblance to Jim Carrey, who played the character Ace Ventura. Joe Rogan once called him "An angry Jim Carrey". Franklin made his acting debut in a film called Cyborg Soldier where he plays an escaped super soldier and partners with Tiffani Thiessen.
Franklin is a born-again Christian and quotes Psalm 144:1 on his webpage and fighter gear. February 21, 2006, was officially named "Rich Franklin Day" in Cincinnati by the city's mayor. He tested as a "Celtic Warrior" by Warrior Roots.
Martial arts backgroundEdit
According to Rich, he first learned submission fighting from instructional video tapes. He has been associated with and trained with Meat Truck Inc. and currently trains at facilities run by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel, (New Generation Martial Arts); Neal Rowe, a Muay Thai instructor (Sacan Martial Arts); and Rob Radford, a boxing instructor (Boxing 4 Fitness). Franklin is currently ranked as a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jorge Gurgel. Since losing his title to Anderson Silva, Franklin has started training under Matt "The Wizard" Hume.
Franklin began his UFC career with a perfect 4-0 start, including victories over veterans such as Evan Tanner and Ken Shamrock. The latter of the two victories ensured a title opportunity for Franklin.
This title shot came at UFC 53 on June 5, 2005. Franklin defeated Evan Tanner for a second time to win the UFC Middleweight Championship. The victory led to him being a coach (along with welterweight champion Matt Hughes) on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter.
At UFC 58 on March 4, 2006, Franklin defeated David Loiseau in a unanimous five round decision to retain his title. Franklin broke his left hand early on in the second round. The injury required surgery, including a metal plate and screws and Franklin was out of action for seven months.
Losing the titleEdit
At UFC 64 On October 14, 2006, Franklin lost his title on his return fight after being defeated by Brazilian Anderson Silva. The fight was stopped at 2:49 of the first round after Franklin received a knee to the face. On October 19, 2006 Franklin underwent surgery due to the nasal fracture he received in his fight against Silva.
At UFC 68 on March 3, 2007, Rich Franklin defeated Jason MacDonald by TKO due to MacDonald's corner throwing in the towel in the break between rounds two and three. Franklin had mounted MacDonald in the closing seconds of the second round, causing significant injury and swelling around MacDonald's left eye. MacDonald's corner advised ending the fight and Franklin was declared the winner. After the fight Franklin called Anderson Silva to the Octagon and said that he and Dana White had agreed to a fight for the title in Franklin's hometown, Cincinnati.
At UFC 72 on June 16, 2007 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Franklin defeated top middleweight contender Yushin Okami to be announced the official number one contender for Anderson Silva's middleweight championship. The bout was only Franklin's second overall fight that went the full distance (due to being a non-title fight, it was three rounds). All three judges scored the bout 29–28 to Franklin. Franklin was the first person to main event a UFC show in Northern Ireland.
At UFC 77 on October 20, 2007, Franklin faced Anderson Silva in a rematch for the middleweight championship, losing by TKO (Strikes) in the second round. Franklin had recently signed a new 6 fight contract with the UFC.
At UFC 83 on April 19, 2008, Franklin defeated Travis Lutter via TKO (Strikes) at 3:01 of Round 2. This was despite Lutter locking in a tight armbar. Franklin exhibited a high level armbar submission escape, made even more impressive because Lutter is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
At UFC 93 on January 17, 2009, in Dublin, Ireland, Franklin fought against former PRIDE Fighting Championships 183 lb. and 205 lb. champion Dan Henderson. He lost the fight by split decision to Dan Henderson. Henderson, in beating Franklin, won the opportunity to be the coach of Team USA on Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. Franklin was the first person to main event a UFC show in the Republic of Ireland.
At UFC 99: The Comeback, on June 13, 2009, in Cologne, Germany, Franklin defeated former PRIDE Middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision at a catchweight (195 lb) bout. Franklin became the first person in UFC history to fight in four different countries, in four consecutive fights.
At UFC 103 on September 19, 2009, in Dallas, Texas, Franklin fought against Vitor Belfort for Belfort's first fight in the UFC since February 2005. Franklin lost the fight via KO (Punches) at 3:02 in Round 1.
Rich Franklin was expected to face former UFC Light-Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 115, but will instead fight Chuck Liddell at UFC Fight Night 22 as a replacement for Tito Ortiz. This has since been refuted by UFC president Dana White who says the Couture fight is still on.
|Professional record breakdown|
|32||26 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||26–5 (1)||Vitor Belfort||TKO (Punches) ||UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort||September 19, 2009||1||3:02||Dallas, Texas, US||Catchweight of 195 pounds|
|Win||26–4 (1)||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 99: The Comeback||June 13, 2009||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany||Catchweight of 195 pounds. Awarded Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||25–4 (1)||Dan Henderson||Decision (Split)||UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson||January 17, 2009||3||5:00||Dublin, Ireland||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||25–3 (1)||Matt Hamill||TKO (Liver Kick)||UFC 88: Breakthrough||September 6, 2008||3||0:39||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||24–3 (1)||Travis Lutter||TKO (Punches)||UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II||April 19, 2008||2||3:01||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||23–3 (1)||Anderson Silva||TKO (Knees)||UFC 77: Hostile Territory||October 20, 2007||2||1:07||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||For UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||23–2 (1)||Yushin Okami||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 72: Victory||June 16, 2007||3||5:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK||Became #1 contender in UFC Middleweight Division|
|Win||22–2 (1)||Jason MacDonald||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||UFC 68: Uprising||March 3, 2007||2||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||21–2 (1)||Anderson Silva||KO (Knee)||UFC 64: Unstoppable||October 14, 2006||1||2:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||21–1 (1)||David Loiseau||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 58: USA vs Canada||March 4, 2006||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||20–1 (1)||Nathan Quarry||KO (Punch)||UFC 56: Full Force||November 19, 2005||1||2:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||19–1 (1)||Evan Tanner||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||UFC 53: Heavy Hitters||June 4, 2005||4||3:25||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Won UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||18–1 (1)||Ken Shamrock||TKO (Strikes)||The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale||April 9, 2005||1||2:42||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||17–1 (1)||Curtis Stout||Submission (Strikes)||SuperBrawl 38||December 12, 2004||2||1:28||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||16–1 (1)||Jorge Rivera||Submission (Armbar)||UFC 50: The War of '04||October 22, 2004||3||4:28||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||15–1 (1)||Ralph Dilon||Submission (Leglock)||Alaska Fighting Championship||July 14, 2004||1||0:56||Alaska, United States|
|Win||14–1 (1)||Leo Sylvest||Submission (Strikes)||SuperBrawl 35||April 16, 2004||1||1:13||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||13–1 (1)||Lyoto Machida||KO (Strikes)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003: Inoki Festival||December 31, 2003||2||1:03||Kobe, Japan|
|Win||13–0 (1)||Edwin Dewees||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 44: Undisputed||September 26, 2003||1||3:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–0 (1)||Roberto Ramirez||KO (Punch)||Battleground 1: War Cry||July 19, 2003||1||0:10||Illinois, United States|
|Win||11–0 (1)||Evan Tanner||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 42: Sudden Impact||April 25, 2003||1||2:40||Miami, Florida, United States||UFC Debut|
|Win||10–0 (1)||Antony Rea||TKO (Punches)||UCC Hawaii: Eruption in Hawaii||September 17, 2002||1||2:46||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||9–0 (1)||Yan Pellerin||Submission (Armbar)||UCC 10: Battle for the Belts 2002||June 15, 2002||1||3:23||Quebec, Canada|
|Win||8–0 (1)||Marvin Eastman||Submission (Armbar)||World Fighting Alliance 1||November 3, 2001||1||1:02||Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0 (1)||Dennis Reed||Submission (Strikes)||Extreme Challenge Trials||August 5, 2001||1||1:38||Ohio, United States|
|Win||6–0 (1)||Chris Seifert||Submission (Strikes)||Extreme Challenge 41||July 13, 2001||2||1:45||Iowa, United States|
|Win||5–0 (1)||Travis Fulton||TKO (Broken Hand)||RINGS USA: Battle of Champions||March 17, 2001||1||5:00||Iowa, United States|
|NC||4–0 (1)||Aaron Brink||No Contest (Accidental Injury)||IFC: Warriors Challenge 11||January 13, 2001||1||2:42||California, United States||For IFC Light Heavyweight United States Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Dennis Reed||Submission (Armbar)||Extreme Challenge 35||June 29, 2000||1||1:56||Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–0||Gary Myers||KO (Kick)||WEF 9: World Class||May 13, 2000||3||0:59||Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–0||Rob Smith||TKO (Punches)||Extreme Challenge 31||March 24, 2000||1||2:30||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||1–0||Michael Martin||KO (Kick)||World Extreme Fighting 6||June 19, 1999||1||0:21||Wheeling, West Virginia, United States|
- ↑ Fighter Profile at Fightline.com.
- ↑ Dhoot, Jatinder. Rich Franklin Talks About the Unseen Side of MMA. Kickboxing.com. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
- ↑ My Most Dangerous Opponent. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
- ↑ UFC 103 Fight Card. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Liddell-Franklin-Slated-White-Issues-Denial-23199
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- ↑ Married to the Sport The beautiful Beth Franklin reveals what it's like to be the wife of an Aco Stakuraca fighter. MensFiteness.com (2009-12-20). Retrieved on 2009-12-21.