Rich Franklin Biography
Rich Franklin is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of June 2014, Franklin has been the Vice President of the Asian Mixed Martial Arts company, ONE Championship.
Rich Franklin Age
Franklin is 45 years old as of 2019 as he was born on October 5, 1974, in Cincinnati, OH, United States of America. He celebrates his birthday on October 5th every year and will be 46 years old on Oct. 5th, 2020.
Rich Franklin Height | Weight
The former MMA fighter stands at a height of 1.85 meters which rhymes with his weight measured at 185 lbs equivalent to 83.91 kilograms.
Rich Franklin Education
Before 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 from the University of Cincinnati. Franklin taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rich Franklin Family
Rich Franklin Parents
Franklin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to his father, Richard Sr. and his mother, Vaila Franklin. He was mostly brought up by his mother since his parents divorced when he was five years old. Not much is known about what they do for a living but it is assumed that they are retired.
Rich Franklin Siblings
He is one of seven children and has 3 brothers and 3 sisters 5 of whom are half-siblings. His biological brother Greg Franklin is also a Mixed Martial Artist who competes at the Gladiator Championship Fighting (GCF).
Rich Franklin Wife
Franklin is married to Beth. The couple tied their knot in 2002 and it is not known where the union took place. Together they are blessed with one child, a son. They were schoolmates in high school but didn’t start dating until their final year in college.
Beth Franklin is a former teacher at a popular learning institution and her students loved learning about Rich. She even put in his fights occasionally for them to watch during their free time.
Kids flocked outside her door requesting autographs every time the MMA fighter paid his spouse a visit at work. However, reports claim that the duo divorced in 2011.
Rich Franklin Salary
There are no details showing what Franklin makes annually or monthly. However, he earned $225,000 from winning knockout of the night, an amount close to what he received for almost all the tournaments he won. His salary figures will be updated as soon as they are available.
Rich Franklin Net worth
The accomplished MMA fighter, Franklin, has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million which he has earned through his successful career as a mixed martial artist.
Rich Franklin Facts and Body Measurements
- Full Name: Richard Jay “Rich” Franklin II
- Age/ How Old?: 45
- Date of Birth: October 5, 1974
- Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Education: University of Cincinnati
- Birthday: 5th Oct.
- Nationality: American
- Father’s Name: Richard Sr.
- Mother’s Name: Vaila Franklin
- Siblings: 1 brother, 3 stepsisters and 2 stepbrothers
- Married?: Divorced
- Children/ Kids: One son
- Height/ How tall?: 1.85 m
- Weight: 83.91 kg
- Profession: ONE Championship vice president
- Net worth: $3.5 million
Rich Franklin Career
The retired MMA fighter taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio before switching to the martial arts. He was a certified teacher and was qualified to teach as he holds a master’s degree in education.
His nickname “Ace” comes from his resemblance to the actor Jim Carrey, who played the character Ace Ventura. Moreover, Franklin is a born-again Christian and quotes Psalm 144:1 on his webpage and fighter gear. The city’s mayor officially named the date February 21, 2006, the “Rich Franklin Day” in Cincinnati.
Rich Franklin UFC
Franklin began his UFC career with a perfect 3-0 start, including a victory over skilled MMA veteran Evan Tanner at UFC 42. His perfect start also included a victory over Edwin Dewees at UFC 44 and Jorge Rivera at UFC 50.
Franklin defeated Evan Tanner for a second time and scored the UFC Middleweight Championship. Also, at UFC 56 on November 19, 2005, Franklin defended his title against Nate Quarry. However, he lost his title on October 14, 2006, at UFC 64 on his return fight. This was after Anderson Silva defeated him.
Prior to the bout, he had recently signed a new six-fight contract with the UFC. Eventually, Silva defeated the former champion via TKO at 1:07 in the second round.
After Franklin’s second loss to Anderson, he began making regular trips to Seattle, WA. He made the trips to train with Matt Hume of AMC Pankration to prepare for UFC 83; where Franklin faced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Travis Lutter.
At UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, Rich Franklin defeated former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva. This happened via unanimous decision at a catchweight of 195 lbs. Subsequently, Franklin became the first person in UFC history to fight in four different countries, in four consecutive fights.
Rich Franklin Clothing
Franklin and his business partner, Jeff Adler, founded the athletic clothing company American Fighter in 2002. The company initially featured t-shirts but quickly grew into an athletic apparel brand with a full line of athletic training clothes, casual wear, and martial arts training equipment.
Rich Franklin Record
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking, Rich Franklin is a brown belt. After having a record of seventeen wins and one loss, Franklin won the UFC Middleweight Championship. This happened on June 4, 2005, against Evan Tanner. His victory led to his being a coach on the second season of the reality series, The Ultimate Fighter.
Rich Franklin has won the UFC Middleweight Championship one time and two successful title defenses. He was victorious at the Knockout of the Night one-time vs. Chuck Liddell. He knocked out Wanderlei Silva two times at Fight of the Night.
Rich holds a Record, in a UFC Middleweight Championship bout vs. David Loiseau, for most significant strikes. Besides, He entered UFC Hall of Fame while At Sherdog, Rich Franklin entered Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Rich Franklin Jim Carrey
Many MMA fans have mistakenly thought that Jim Carrey and Rich are related because of how much the two men resemble each other. Franklin’s ring name “Ace” comes from his resemblance to the actor Jim Carrey, who played the character Ace Ventura in the 1994 film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Rich Franklin 2019
Franklin retired from MMA back in 2012 and is currently working as an executive for ONE Championship promotion in Singapore. He returns to his former foothills in Las Vegas where he joins the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019 with the induction ceremony taking place during International Fight Week, on July 15.
Rich Franklin vs Anderson Silva UFC64
On October 14, 2006, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held a mixed martial arts event known as UFC 64 unstoppable. The event took place on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States and Canada.
The card focused on a UFC Middleweight Championship defense by Franklin against extremely touted Anderson. It absolutely was additionally Franklin’s initial defense in seven months.
Rich Franklin vs Anderson Silva UFC77
For the first few minutes, Rich was out-striking Anderson, very clean punches – he even got a takedown. Unfortunately, every time Anderson threw a knee, Rich’s face would look panicked and you could tell he was in trouble. He had no business going into round 2 when he was dropped badly with a punch at the bell.
Anderson Silva was defending his Middleweight Championship against former champion, Franklin, in a rematch of their October 2006 meeting at UFC 64.
The name “Hostile Territory” came from the defense of Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title against Cincinnati native Rich Franklin. Silva won by knockout.
Rich Franklin vs Chuck Liddell UFC 115
On June 12, 2010, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held a mixed martial arts event known as UFC 115 Liddell vs. Franklin. The event occurred at General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Rich Franklin won the bout.
Check out the video below if you missed the live show:
Rich Franklin Vs Nate Quarry Full Fight
In November of 2005, during his first title defense, Rich Franklin notched the most stunning knockout of his career. He finished Nate Quarry in the first round. Quarry’s reward came in the form of a title shot at Franklin, a man who at the time was considered one of the best in the world.
Heading into their title clash at UFC fifty-six, the two fighters got respect for striking ability and finishing power. If the struggle had gone on, Quarry would have a decent chance to knock out Franklin. Either way, since Quarry had never finished up to that point in his career, most fans thought he could take the best shots from Franklin.
Rich Franklin seemed to be taking control but it was still anyone’s fight until the 2:34 mark. This was when Franklin initiated one of the greatest knockouts in MMA history. Franklin floored the challenger with a straight left down the pipe, after backing Quarry up with a solid right jab.
Rich Franklin Retired
Franklin, 44, retired from MMA back in 2012 and currently working as an executive for ONE Championship promotion in Singapore. He said UFC head Honcho Dana White called him and said that he’s going to be inducted into the 2019 UFC Hall Of Fame (HOF).
Rich Franklin holds notable victories over the likes of Ken Shamrock, Wanderlei Silva (twice) and Chuck Liddell during his run in the UFC. However, he is most known for pair of knockout title losses to Anderson Silva.
Rich Franklin Awards and Achievements
His legacy in mixed martial arts is tremendous. He is, without doubt, a fine fighter as outlined in the following awards and accomplishments:
» UFC Middleweight Championship
» 2 victorious title defenses
» Knockout of the Night vs. Chuck Liddell
» Fight of the Night vs. Wanderlei Silva
» Record for many important strikes in a UFC Middleweight Championship bout vs. David Loiseau
» UFC Hall of Fame
» Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Frequently Asked Questions About Rich Franklin
Who is R. Franklin?
Rich is a well-known retired mixed martial artist who competed in the UFC. Prior to becoming an MMA fighter, he was a math teacher at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
How old is R. Franklin?
He is an American national born on 5th October 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Was R. Franklin a teacher?
Yes, he has taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio after graduating with a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati.
How tall is R. Franklin?
Rich stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch which is 1.85 meters.
Is R. Franklin in the UFC Hall of Fame?
On July 5, 2019, Rich was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019 in Las Vegas as a Pioneer.
Is R. Franklin married?
Yes, Rich is married to Beth Franklin. They got married in 2002 and together they have one kid. The duo divorced in 2011.
How much is R. Franklin worth?
Rich has an approximate net worth of $3.5 million. This amount has been accrued from his leading roles in the mixed martial arts industry.
How much does R. Franklin make?
There are no details showing what Rich makes annually or monthly. However, he earned $225,000 from winning knockout of the night, an amount close to what he received for almost all the tournaments he won. His salary figures will be updated as soon as they are available.
Where does R. Franklin live?
Rich is a resident of West Chester Township, Ohio in the United States. We shall upload pictures of his house as soon as we have them.
Does R. Franklin still fight?
No, his last tournament was in 2012. He is now an executive in one of the highly ranked Asian Mixed Martial Arts company.
Is R. Franklin dead or alive?
He is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.
Where is R. Franklin now?
Rich is still active in the MMA industry. He is the Vice President of Asian Mixed Martial Arts company, ONE Championship.