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Rich Franklin
Rich Franklin
Personal information
Nickname "Ace"
Born October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05) (age 42)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality U.S Flag American
Listed hieght 6 ft 1 in
Listed weight 203 lbs
Career information
Division Light heavyweight
Style Kickboxing
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Southpaw
Fights out of U.S Flag Cincinnati, Ohio
Team Team Extreme
Years active 1999-present
Mixed martial arts record
Wins 28
Losses 6
Draws 0

Rich Jay Franklin II (born October 5, 1974[1], in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion.

BiographyEdit

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,[2] and taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.[3]

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.

UFC careerEdit

Middleweight titleEdit

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 56 on November 19, 2005, Franklin defended his title against Nate Quarry, a competitor from season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter. Franklin won the fight via knockout in the first round.

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 88 on September 6, 2008, Franklin made his return to the light heavyweight division by defeating Matt Hamill by TKO with a kick to the liver.

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.[4]

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[5]. This has since been refuted by UFC president Dana White who says the Couture fight is still on.

Personal lifeEdit

Rich has a wife named Beth who is a former English teacher at Reading High School.[6][7]

MMA RecordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 26–5 (1) Brazil flag Vitor Belfort TKO (Punches) [1] UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort September 19, 2009 1 3:02 United States flag Dallas, Texas, US Catchweight of 195 pounds
Win 26–4 (1) Brazil flag Wanderlei Silva Decision (Unanimous) UFC 99: The Comeback June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Germany flag Cologne, Germany Catchweight of 195 pounds. Awarded Fight of the Night.
Loss 25–4 (1) United States flag Dan Henderson Decision (Split) UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson January 17, 2009 3 5:00 Ireland flag Dublin, Ireland Light Heavyweight bout
Win 25–3 (1) United States flag Matt Hamill TKO (Liver Kick) UFC 88: Breakthrough September 6, 2008 3 0:39 United States flag Atlanta, Georgia, United States Light Heavyweight bout
Win 24–3 (1) United States flag Travis Lutter TKO (Punches) UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II April 19, 2008 2 3:01 Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 23–3 (1) Brazil flag Anderson Silva TKO (Knees) UFC 77: Hostile Territory October 20, 2007 2 1:07 United States flag Cincinnati, Ohio, United States For UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 23–2 (1) Japan flag Yushin Okami Decision (Unanimous) UFC 72: Victory June 16, 2007 3 5:00 United Kingdom flag Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Became #1 contender in UFC Middleweight Division
Win 22–2 (1) Canada flag Jason MacDonald TKO (Corner Stoppage) UFC 68: Uprising March 3, 2007 2 5:00 United States flag Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 21–2 (1) Brazil flag Anderson Silva KO (Knee) UFC 64: Unstoppable October 14, 2006 1 2:59 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 21–1 (1) Canada flag David Loiseau Decision (Unanimous) UFC 58: USA vs Canada March 4, 2006 5 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 20–1 (1) United States flag Nathan Quarry KO (Punch) UFC 56: Full Force November 19, 2005 1 2:34 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 19–1 (1) United States flag Evan Tanner TKO (Doctor Stoppage) UFC 53: Heavy Hitters June 4, 2005 4 3:25 United States flag Newark, New Jersey, United States Won UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 18–1 (1) United States flag Ken Shamrock TKO (Strikes) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 1 2:42 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout
Win 17–1 (1) United States flag Curtis Stout Submission (Strikes) SuperBrawl 38 December 12, 2004 2 1:28 United States flag Hawaii, United States
Win 16–1 (1) United States flag Jorge Rivera Submission (Armbar) UFC 50: The War of '04 October 22, 2004 3 4:28 United States flag New Jersey, United States
Win 15–1 (1) United States flag Ralph Dilon Submission (Leglock) Alaska Fighting Championship 02004-
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July 14, 2004
1 0:56 United States flag Alaska, United States
Win 14–1 (1) United States flag Leo Sylvest Submission (Strikes) SuperBrawl 35 02004-
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April 16, 2004
1 1:13 United States flag Hawaii, United States
Loss 13–1 (1) Brazil flag Lyoto Machida KO (Strikes) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003: Inoki Festival 02003-
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December 31, 2003
2 1:03 Japan flag Kobe, Japan
Win 13–0 (1) United States flag Edwin Dewees TKO (Strikes) UFC 44: Undisputed 02003-
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September 26, 2003
1 3:35 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–0 (1) United States flag Roberto Ramirez KO (Punch) Battleground 1: War Cry 02003-
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July 19, 2003
1 0:10 United States flag Illinois, United States
Win 11–0 (1) United States flag Evan Tanner TKO (Strikes) UFC 42: Sudden Impact 02003-
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April 25, 2003
1 2:40 United States flag Miami, Florida, United States UFC Debut
Win 10–0 (1) France flag Antony Rea TKO (Punches) UCC Hawaii: Eruption in Hawaii 02002-
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September 17, 2002
1 2:46 United States flag Hawaii, United States
Win 9–0 (1) Canada flag Yan Pellerin Submission (Armbar) UCC 10: Battle for the Belts 2002 02002-
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June 15, 2002
1 3:23 Canada flag Quebec, Canada
Win 8–0 (1) United States flag Marvin Eastman Submission (Armbar) World Fighting Alliance 1 02001-
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November 3, 2001
1 1:02 United States flag Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 (1) United States flag Dennis Reed Submission (Strikes) Extreme Challenge Trials August 5, 2001 1 1:38 United States flag Ohio, United States
Win 6–0 (1) United States flag Chris Seifert Submission (Strikes) Extreme Challenge 41 July 13, 2001 2 1:45 United States flag Iowa, United States
Win 5–0 (1) United States flag Travis Fulton TKO (Broken Hand) RINGS USA: Battle of Champions March 17, 2001 1 5:00 United States flag Iowa, United States
NC 4–0 (1) United States flag Aaron Brink No Contest (Accidental Injury) IFC: Warriors Challenge 11 January 13, 2001 1 2:42 United States flag California, United States For IFC Light Heavyweight United States Championship.
Win 4–0 United States flag Dennis Reed Submission (Armbar) Extreme Challenge 35 June 29, 2000 1 1:56 United States flag Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 United States flag Gary Myers KO (Kick) WEF 9: World Class May 13, 2000 3 0:59 United States flag Indiana, United States
Win 2–0 United States flag Rob Smith TKO (Punches) Extreme Challenge 31 March 24, 2000 1 2:30 United States flag Wisconsin, United States
Win 1–0 United States flag Michael Martin KO (Kick) World Extreme Fighting 6 June 19, 1999 1 0:21 United States flag Wheeling, West Virginia, United States

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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