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Rich "Ace" Franklin

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  • Given Name: Rich Jay Franklin II
  • MMA Record: 29-7-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Ace
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 42 | Date of Birth: 1974.10.05
  • Last Fight: November 10, 2012 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Extreme
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 76.0" (193cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $715,000 USD
  • Born: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Official Site
  • College: University of Cincinnati
  • Foundation Style: N/A
  • Head Coach: Matt Hume
  • Other Coaches: N/A

Rich Franklin Middleweight Ranking History

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Rich Franklin MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
2:17 Round 1 of 5

Vn Cung Le
29-6-0 8-2-0

Mo UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.11.10
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#5 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
#61 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC on FUEL TV 6 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Cung Le UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Franklin Rescheduled
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Wanderlei Silva
28-6-0 34-11-1

Br UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin 2
Main Event | Catchweight | 190 lbs

2012.06.23
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 190.0 lbs (86.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#25 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 147 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Antônio Rogério Nogueira UFC 133 2011.08.06
Reason: Nogueira Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Forrest Griffin
28-5-0 17-6-0

Us UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.02.05
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Base | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:55 Round 1 of 3

Us Chuck Liddell
27-5-0 21-7-0

Ca UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.06.12
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $225,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus, $85K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: AC/DC - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
#55 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#3 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
#25 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
UFC 115 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Dan Henderson UFC 103 2009.09.19
Reason: Bout Changed By UFC
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:02 Round 1 of 3

Br Vitor Belfort
27-4-0 18-8-0

Us UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
Main Event | Catchweight | 195 lbs

2009.09.19
Odds: -128 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 195.0 lbs (88.5 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: AC/DC - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
UFC 103 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Wanderlei Silva
26-4-0 32-9-1

De UFC 99: The Comeback
Main Event | Catchweight | 195 lbs

2009.06.13
Odds: -156 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 194.0 lbs (88.0 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: Cypress Hill - Rock Superstar
#28 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 99 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dan Henderson
26-3-0 23-7-0

Ie UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.01.17
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#26 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
0:39 Round 3 of 3, 10:39 Total

Us Matt Hamill
25-3-0 5-1-0

Us UFC 88: Breakthrough
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.09.06
Odds: -228 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.5 lbs (92.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:01 Round 2 of 3, 8:01 Total

Us Travis Lutter
24-3-0 9-4-0

Ca UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.04.19
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | KO/TKO | Knees
1:07 Round 2 of 5, 6:07 Total

Br Anderson Silva
24-2-0 21-4-0

Us UFC 77: Hostile Territory
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2007.10.20
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $45,000 Base | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#5 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#97 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 77 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Yushin Okami
23-2-0 20-3-0

Gb UFC 72: Victory
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.06.16
Odds: -215 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Martin Kampmann UFC 72 2007.06.16
Reason: Kampmann Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
5:00 Round 2 of 3, 10:00 Total

Ca Jason MacDonald
22-2-0 18-7-0

Us UFC 68: Uprising
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.03.03
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $42,000 ($21K Base, $21K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Knee
2:59 Round 1 of 5

Br Anderson Silva
22-1-0 18-4-0

Us UFC 64: Unstoppable
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185

2006.10.14
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $21,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#60 Biggest Upset of All Time
#49 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#8 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ca David Loiseau
21-1-0 14-4-0

Us UFC 58: USA vs Canada
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185

2006.03.04
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $32,000 ($16K Base, $16K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#21 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:34 Round 1 of 5

Us Nate Quarry
20-1-0 8-1-0

Us UFC 56: Full Force
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185

2005.11.19
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $26,000 ($13K Base, $13K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 183.5 lbs (83.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#24 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#21 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
3:25 Round 4 of 5, 18:25 Total

Us Evan Tanner
19-1-0 31-4-0

Us UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2005.06.04
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#23 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:42 Round 1 of 3

Us Ken Shamrock
18-1-0 26-8-2

Us The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2005.04.09
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Curtis Stout

Us Icon Sport

2004.12.12
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:28 Round 3 of 3, 14:28 Total

Us Jorge Rivera
16-1-0 9-2-0

Us UFC 50: The War of '04
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2004.10.22
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Ralph Dillon

Us Alaska Fighting Championship

2004.07.14
Win | Submission | Strikes

Us Leo Sylvest

Us Icon Sport

2004.04.16
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:03 Round 2 of 3, 6:03 Total

Br Lyoto Machida
14-0-0 2-0-0

Jp Inoki Genome Federation
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.12.31
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:35 Round 1 of 3

Us Edwin Dewees
13-0-0 28-6-0

Us UFC 44: Undisputed
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2003.09.26
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Sean Brockmole
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Roberto Ramirez

Us Illinois Regional

2003.07.19
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:40 Round 1 of 3

Us Evan Tanner
11-0-0 27-3-0

Us UFC 42: Sudden Impact
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2003.04.25
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Larry Landless
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Fr Antony Rea

Us TKO Major League MMA

2002.09.17
Win | Submission | Armlock

Ca Yan Pellerin

Ca TKO Major League MMA

2002.06.15
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Marvin Eastman

Us Nevada Regional

2001.11.03
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Dennis Reed

Us Extreme Challenge

2001.08.25
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Chris Seifert

Us Extreme Challenge

2001.07.13
Win | KO/TKO

Us Travis Fulton

Us Fighting Network RINGS

2001.03.17
No Contest

Us Aaron Brink

Us International Fighting Championship

2001.01.13
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Dennis Reed

Us Extreme Challenge

2000.06.29
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Gary Myers

Us World Extreme Fighting

2000.05.13
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Rob Smith

Us Extreme Challenge

2000.03.24
Win | Submission | Punches

Eugene Pinault

Us Extreme Challenge

1999.10.04
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Michael Martin

Us World Extreme Fighting

1999.06.19

Rich Franklin Wiki Update Wiki

Franklin was born to Richard Sr. and Vaila Franklin. The couple divorced when Rich was five years old. He has one biological brother, Greg, and five step-siblings.


Prior to his first mixed martial arts bout in 1999, former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin earned his master's degree in education from the University of Cincinnati and taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Franklin never planned on fighting as a career, but discovered his natural ability for it after practicing Karate since the age of 12.  He began his MMA training with his friends, the Rafferty brothers at their father's gym and after it's quick shutdown, kept his training alive in a shed on the Rafferty's property.  Rich decided to turn professional shortly after and burst onto the MMA scene with 13 straight victories without a loss.  


After suffering the first setback of his professional career to future 205 lb. champion Lyoto Machida in Kobe, Japan, Franklin returned to the UFC in 2004 and after defeating Ken Shamrock at the Ultimate Fighter Live Finale 1, received his first title shot and won the UFC Middleweight Championship, defeating Evan Tanner once again, this time via strikes in the fourth round. It was the worst beating of Evan Tanner's career.  Rich went on to defend his title twice, however his 3rd title defense would prove to be a turning point in his career.


Franklin lost his title in grisly fashion in his third title defense to Muay Thai juggernaut Anderson Silva at UFC 64 in October of 2006. It proved to be a turning point not only for the two fighters, but for the division as a whole.  Rich earned a rematch with Anderson after defeating Jason MacDonald at UFC 68 and Yushin Okami at UFC 72.  After losing an equally lopsided rematch with “The Spider” in 2007 at UFC 77 in his home town, Franklin vacated the middleweight division in the hopes of becoming a title contender at 205 lbs.

 

Rich made his LHW debut again former training partner, Matt "The Hammer" Hamill at UFC 88.  Rich finished the fight in the 3rd round via TKO (body kick) and earned a shot at former PRIDE FC champion, Dan Henderson.  The two would fight at UFC 93 in the main event and the outcome, though somewhat controversial, put Rich on the losing end of a very close decision.  Rich would then go on to split his next two fights at catchweight against former PRIDE FC champion, Wanderlei Silva (win) at UFC 99 and former UFC champion Vitor Belfort (loss) at UFC 103. 

 

Being the company man he is, Rich then accepted a fight on short notice to fight former UFC LHW kingpin, Chuck Liddell at UFC 115. After breaking his arm in the early stages of round one, Franklin went on to win via KO at 4:55 of that same round. Rich would then go on to lose a unanimous decision to former UFC LHW champion Forrest Griffin.  This fight would make Rich realize that while his frame allowed him to compete with the best in the division, he was best suited for one last title run at middleweight. Rich went on to win a rematch (at the catch weight of 190lbs) with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 and made his return to the Middleweight division  on Saturday, November 10th 2012 against Cung Le at UFC on FUEL TV 6.


After starting the opening stanza looking good, Franklin was caught with an over hand right hook that put the former champion out cold.  Though the loss was not his first TKO, it was the first time in his career he had ever been knocked unconscious.  The defeat has put question marks surrounding Franklin's next career move, as it derailed his one last title run aspirations in the Middleweight division.


Combining a large, athletic frame with pinpoint, powerful striking, a varied kicking and punching assault and excellent submission defense, Franklin holds notable career victories over Jorge Rivera by armbar, Nathan Quarry by knockout, Yushin Okami, Matt Hamill, Wanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell. A loyal and responsible employee, Franklin is the UFC's go-to man for catch-weight bouts and late replacements against high-profile fighters, as when he stepped in on short notice to knock out Chuck Liddell after Tito Ortiz withdrew from the bout, citing injury.


Not only does Rich excel in the cage, but he also helps his community outside of it as well.  He is the co-founder of The Keep It In The Ring Foundation.  His foundation encourages non-violence through sports and life building tools, among other things.  Rich has dabbled in acting and is also a devoted Christian.  He is not only one of the most popular fighters in the UFC, but one of most liked by his peers and hopes to claim one more championship belt before he retires within the next couple years.

On September 28, 2015, after almost three years since his last fight, Rich took to Derek Jeter's site - theplayerstribune.com to announce his retirement. Rich noted that a factor in making this decision came from his mother's concern when he told her jokingly that he was working on scheduling another fight - Rich later found out that his mother didn't sleep at all that night. This caused Rich to do some self-reflecting and he came to the conclusion that he was "no longer 25" and that his "body has slowed down". Rich will now completely focus on continung his role as the Vice President of ONE Championship - an Asian MMA promotion.


Rich has defended the middleweight belt the second most times in UFC history next to Anderson Silva. He will surely be a quick entry into the UFC Hall of Fame, post-Zuffa fighter category. Rich has also starred in three movie. The first being; Cyborg Soldier, Rich plays a super soldier that is forced to escape from a military compound; he stars alongside Saved by the Bell star, Tiffani Thiessen. The next Rich played himself in the Matt Hamill bio-movie "Hamill". Rich most recently played an MMA coach in the 2014 comedy - Mantervention.

Last updated 09.28.2015, 1:29 PM ET
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