Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin
Born Richard Jay Franklin II
(1974-10-05) October 5, 1974
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Other names Ace
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Karate
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Team Team Extreme/The JG MMA and Fitness Academy
Trainer Matt Hume
Jorge Gurgel (Jiu-Jitsu)
Joel Jamieson (S&C)John Cross Crosstraining
Rank      Black belt in Jorge Gurgel
Years active 1999–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 37
Wins 29
By knockout 15
By submission 10
By decision 4
Losses 7
By knockout 5
By decision 2
No contests 1
Amateur career
Total 2
Wins 1
By submission 1
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Other information
University University of Cincinnati
Notable school(s) William Henry Harrison High
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 16, 2011 (2011-09-16)

Richard Jay "Rich" Franklin II (born October 5, 1974)[1] is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion. As of June 2014, Franklin was announced as a Vice President of Asian Mixed Martial Arts company ONE Championship.


  • Background 1
  • Business 2
  • Mixed martial arts 3
    • UFC career 3.1
    • Middleweight title 3.2
    • Losing the title 3.3
    • Return to contention 3.4
    • Move to Light Heavyweight 3.5
    • Return to Middleweight 3.6
    • Retirement from MMA 3.7
  • Film career 4
  • Championships and accomplishments 5
    • Mixed martial arts 5.1
  • Mixed martial arts record 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Franklin was born to Richard Sr. and Vaila Franklin. The couple divorced when Rich was five years old. He is one of seven children and has 3 brothers and 3 sisters including one biological brother, Greg and five half-siblings.[2][3]

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,[4] and taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.[5]

His nickname "Ace" comes from his resemblance to the actor Jim Carrey, who played the character Ace Ventura. Joe Rogan once called him "Angry Jim Carrey".

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.[7][8]


American Fighter

In 2002 Franklin and his business partner Jeff Adler created American fighter athletic clothing brand. Initially the brand featured T-shirts, but quickly grew into an athletic apparel brand featuring a full line of athletic training clothing, casual wear and training gear for martial arts. In 2012 Affliction Clothing expressed interest in the name and its widespread appeal. They acquired the majority of the company from Franklin and his business partner bringing the brand to mainstream retailers where it continues to grow.

Ze/Lin In October 2013, Franklin and friend/business partner Billy Zebe launched Ze/Lin Organic Juice & Fusion Café . Located in Beverly Hills, CA, the café featured cold press juices, smoothies, gluten free and vegan pastries, etc. Due to the brand gaining popularity, Ze/Lin closed its storefront 9 months later to focus on wholesaling and distribution for the bottled juices.

ONE Championship

In April 2014, Rich signed on as a Vice President in the ONE Championship organization. ONE Championship (ONE) is a Singapore-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion which was officially launched on 14 July 2011. It is widely recognized as the biggest MMA promotion in Asia. Franklin will serve as the face of the brand and will travel throughout the US and Asia hosting seminars and speaking engagements, promoting fights and working with the fighters.

Mixed martial arts

According to Rich, he first learned karate at the Harrison Okinawan Karate Dojo in the early 1990s, under Bill George & Steve Rafferty. He also studied submission fighting from instructional video tapes. He has been associated with and trained with Meat Truck Inc. and currently trains at facilities run by

UFC career

Franklin began his UFC career with a perfect 3-0 start, including a victory over skilled MMA veteran UFC 50.

On April 5, 2005, Franklin fought in the main event of Tiffani Thiessen. In 2010 he starred in Hamill, a story inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill. He can be seen playing MMA Coach Billings in the 2014 comedy Mantervention.[14][15]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • Sherdog
    • Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame[16]

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 29–7 (1) Cung Le KO (punch) UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le November 10, 2012 1 2:17 Macau, SAR, China Return to Middleweight.
Win 29–6 (1) Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 5 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Catchweight of 190 pounds. Fight of the Night
Loss 28–6 (1) Forrest Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 28–5 (1) Chuck Liddell KO (punches) UFC 115 June 12, 2010 1 4:55 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Knockout of the Night.
Loss 27–5 (1) Vitor Belfort TKO (punches) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 1 3:02 Dallas, Texas, United States Catchweight of 195 pounds.
Win 27–4 (1) Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany Catchweight of 195 pounds; Fight of the Night.
Loss 26–4 (1) Dan Henderson Decision (split) UFC 93 January 17, 2009 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 26–3 (1) Matt Hamill TKO (body kick) UFC 88 September 6, 2008 3 0:39 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 25–3 (1) Travis Lutter TKO (punches) UFC 83 April 19, 2008 2 3:01 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 24–3 (1) Anderson Silva TKO (knees) UFC 77 October 20, 2007 2 1:07 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States For the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 24–2 (1) Yushin Okami Decision (unanimous) UFC 72 June 16, 2007 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom UFC Middleweight title eliminator.
Win 23–2 (1) Jason MacDonald TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 68 March 3, 2007 2 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 22–2 (1) Anderson Silva KO (knee) UFC 64 October 14, 2006 1 2:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 22–1 (1) David Loiseau Decision (unanimous) UFC 58 March 4, 2006 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 21–1 (1) Nate Quarry KO (punch) UFC 56 November 19, 2005 1 2:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 20–1 (1) Evan Tanner TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 53 June 4, 2005 4 3:25 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the UFC Middleweight Championship; Won coaches position on The Ultimate Fighter 2.
Win 19–1 (1) Ken Shamrock TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 1 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 18–1 (1) Curtis Stout Submission (punches) SuperBrawl 38 December 12, 2004 2 1:28 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 17–1 (1) Jorge Rivera Submission (armbar) UFC 50 October 22, 2004 3 4:28 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 16–1 (1) Ralph Dilon Submission (kimura) Alaska Fighting Championship July 14, 2004 1 0:56 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 15–1 (1) Leo Sylvest Submission (punches) SuperBrawl 35 April 16, 2004 1 1:13 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 14–1 (1) Lyoto Machida TKO (knee and punches) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 December 31, 2003 2 1:03 Kobe, Japan Catchweight of 214 pounds.
Win 14–0 (1) Edwin Dewees TKO (punches and knees) UFC 44 September 26, 2003 1 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–0 (1) Roberto Ramirez KO (punch) Battleground 1: War Cry July 19, 2003 1 0:10 Villa Park, Illinois, United States
Win 12–0 (1) Evan Tanner TKO (punches) UFC 42 April 25, 2003 1 2:40 Miami, Florida, United States UFC debut.
Win 11–0 (1) Antony Rea TKO (punches) UCC Hawaii: Eruption in Hawaii September 17, 2002 1 2:46 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 10–0 (1) Yan Pellerin Submission (armbar) UCC 10: Battle for the Belts 2002 June 15, 2002 1 3:23 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Win 9–0 (1) Marvin Eastman Submission (armbar) World Fighting Alliance 1 November 3, 2001 1 1:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 (1) Dennis Reed Submission (punches) Extreme Challenge Trials August 5, 2001 1 1:38 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 7–0 (1) Chris Seifert Submission (punches) Extreme Challenge 41 July 13, 2001 2 1:45 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 6–0 (1) Travis Fulton TKO (doctor stoppage) Rings USA: Battle of Champions March 17, 2001 1 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
NC 5–0 (1) Aaron Brink No Contest (foot injury) IFC: Warriors Challenge 11 January 13, 2001 1 2:42 Fresno, California, United States For the IFC Light Heavyweight United States Championship.
Win 5–0 Dennis Reed Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 35 June 29, 2000 1 1:56 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 4–0 Gary Myers KO (head kick) WEF 9: World Class May 13, 2000 3 0:59 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 3–0 Rob Smith TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 31 March 24, 2000 1 2:30 Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Win 2–0 Eugene Pinault Submission (punches) Extreme Challenge: Trials October 4, 1999 1 1:27 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Michael Martin KO (head kick) World Extreme Fighting 6 June 19, 1999 1 0:21 Wheeling, West Virginia, United States

See also


  1. ^ "Fighter Profile at". 
  2. ^ "No More Mr. Nice Guy". July 1, 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Greg Franklin, the brother of UFC superstar Rich Franklin, made his UFC debut of sorts last night in Memphis as a referee for several fights on the prelim card". Bloodyelbow.xom. December 13, 2009. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rich Franklin Talks About the Unseen Side of MMA". Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  5. ^ "My Most Dangerous Opponent". Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin Fight Planned for Feb. 5 UFC Card". October 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rich Franklin Latest Addition to UFC 133 in Philly". April 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Off UFC 133 with Injury, UFC Looking for Replacement". July 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "With Nogueira out, Franklin also scratched from August's UFC 133 event".  
  11. ^ "Rich Franklin steps into UFC 147 headliner against Wanderlei Silva". May 30, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ Burke, Tim (August 5, 2012). "Rich Franklin Vs. Cung Le Set For UFC On Fuel 6 Main Event In Macau". Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-09-28). "Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin officially retires". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  14. ^ Mantervention' Official Site"'". Scatena & Rosner Films. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  15. ^ Burke, Tim (August 5, 2013). Mantervention' on IMDb"'". Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  16. ^

External links

  • Official website
  • Team American Fighter official Myspace
  • Official UFC Profile
Preceded by
Evan Tanner
4th UFC Middleweight Champion
June 4, 2005 - October 14, 2006
Succeeded by
Anderson Silva
Franklin made his acting debut in a film called

Film career

After teasing the possibility of one more MMA fight before calling it quits, Franklin instead announced his retirement on September 28, 2015.[13] Franklin penned a retirement column on in which he indicated that a recent conversation with his mother helped make the decision and the understanding that “his body has slowed down.”

Retirement from MMA

Franklin returned to the middleweight division against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le on November 10, 2012 in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[12] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Return to Middleweight

Franklin faced Wanderlei Silva in a rematch, replacing Vitor Belfort who suffered a hand injury. In the main event at a 190 lbs catchweight on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision, with both participants earning Fight of the Night honors for their performances.

Franklin was scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 on August 6, 2011 in Philadelphia.[8] Nogueira was forced out of the bout due to a shoulder injury.[9] Unable to find a suitable replacement on short notice, the UFC pulled Franklin from the card as well.[10]

Franklin faced former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126.[7] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Franklin was rumoured to face multiple-time UFC Champion Randy Couture at UFC 115. After contrasting reports on who would be his opponent, Franklin eventually was confirmed to face former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell on June 12, 2010, following the withdrawal of Liddell's original opponent, Tito Ortiz. During the contest, Liddell showed improved striking from that seen in his recent fights, showing more proficient kicks. In the final seconds the opening round, Liddell connected with a head kick and moved forward to attack an arguably stunned Franklin, only to be knocked out by a compact counter right hand at 4:55 of round 1. During the post-fight press conference, Franklin confirmed that his left forearm had been broken by a head kick Liddell threw during the middle of the round. Fortunately, however, the forearm would not need surgery, allowing Franklin to recover faster.

Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell at UFC 115

At UFC 103 another catchweight contest, Rich lost to former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort. This was Belfort's first bout in the UFC since February, 2005. After a lengthy feeling-out process, Belfort connected with a left hook that dropped Franklin, following up with a flurry of left hands that ended the contest via TKO at 3:02 in the first round. Though it was logged as a clear win for Belfort, there has been discussion over the multiple illegal blows to the back of Franklin's head.

At UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, Franklin defeated former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision at a catchweight of 195 lbs. Franklin became the first person in UFC history to fight in four different countries, in four consecutive fights.

Franklin met with former Pride Welterweight Champion and former Pride Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. In a closely contested fight, Franklin ultimately lost by controversial split decision. The winner would gain the opportunity to coach Team USA on Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. Franklin became the first person to main event a UFC show in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

At UFC 88, Franklin made his return to the light heavyweight division against close friend and training partner Matt Hamill. Franklin won by TKO following a kick to the liver which prompted the referee to call a stop to the fight at 0:39 in round 3.

Move to Light Heavyweight

After Rich's second loss to Anderson, he began making regular trips to Seattle, WA to train with Matt Hume of AMC Pankration to prepare for UFC 83, where Franklin faced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Travis Lutter. During the bout Lutter was able to secure a tight high-level armbar, though Franklin was able to escape the hold and go on to win the bout via TKO (strikes) at 3:01 of round 2.

Franklin fought Silva for a second time at UFC 77 on October 20, 2007. Prior to the bout, he had recently signed a new six-fight contract with the UFC. Much like their first fight, Silva was able to effectively neutralize Franklin in the clinch, eventually defeating the former champion via TKO (knees) at 1:07 in the second round.

In a bout that would determine the top contender in the middleweight division, Franklin fought world ranked Yushin Okami at UFC 72 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Franklin defeated the top middleweight contender by unanimous decision to be officially announced as the number one contender for 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 also became the first person to main event a UFC card in Northern Ireland.

Return to contention

Franklin made his return at UFC 68 against Jason MacDonald. Franklin showed superior striking during the fight, and 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 by TKO (corner stoppage) between rounds. 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 of Cincinnati.

At UFC 64 on October 14, 2006, Franklin lost his title on his return fight after being defeated by Anderson Silva. The fight was stopped by TKO (knees) at 2:49 of the first round after Franklin received a knee to the face. Franklin, who was considered by many to be the favourite coming into the bout, was caught in a clinch by the Brazilian, with Silva delivering a flurry of knees and kicks that rendered the champion unable to continue. On October 19, Franklin underwent surgery due to the nasal fracture he received during the fight.

Losing the title

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 six months.

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 highlight reel KO in the first round.

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.

Middleweight title

The win over Shamrock also ensured a title opportunity for Franklin. [6]