MMA’s Best Fighter: Rich Franklin
Once called by Joe Rogan as "an angry Jim Carrey", Rich Franklin makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's Best Fighter.
Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, was born as Rich Jay Franklin II on October 5, 1974. Prior to becoming a MMA fighter, he was a Mathematics teacher at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a graduate of University of Cincinnati, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, as well as his Master’s Degree in Education.
Rich Franklin, together with American Fighter president — Jeff Adler, created the Keep It In the Ring Foundation. It advocates on non-violence and character build-up for youths through after school sports, martial arts and life skills program.
According to Rich Franklin himself, he first learned submission fighting from video tapes. Then he was eventually trained by Meat Truck Inc and began his UFC career with a three fight-win streak. It was on April 5, 2005 where he defeated Ken Shamrock at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 1 via TKO, and earned his shot at the middleweight championship title. During UFC 53, Rich Franklin defeated Evan Tanner and snatched the championship belt from the latter. But Rich Franklin lost his title on October 14, 2006, when Anderson Silva gave him a knee to the face.
But despite that, the people of Cincinnati still celebrates February 21 as Rich Franklin Day.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Middleweight Championship (three time)
Two successful title defenses
Knockout of the Night (One time)
Fight of the Night (One time)