Sign In


Keep me logged in

Rich Franklin

Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin was born on October 5th, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Franklin says that his martial arts and submission fighting training began in the form of instructional videos that he watched as a child. His father registered him in a karate class when he was 12 and Rich continued to compete in various sports included football in high school. After attending college and becoming a trainer and instructor, Franklin decided that he wanted to fight for a living.

After beginning his professional fighting career with the International Fighting Championship, Rich was invited to challenge Evan Tanner at UFC 42. Franklin won that bout by TKO and went on to win his next six professional matches by TKO, submission, or unanimous decision. This impressive streak bought Franklin the opportunity to once again face Evan Tanner in the octagon, this time for the middleweight title. The UFC offered an additional prize in the form of a coaching position for the upcoming second season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter.

Franklin’s first title defense match saw him pitted against Nate Quarry, a contestant from The Ultimate Fighter season one. Quarry proved no match for ‘Ace’ and lost the fight by being knocked out in the first round. The next challenger was David Loiseau and Franklin was able to secure a victory in that match with a unanimous decision after a full and intense five rounds. Anderson Silva was able to take the title, knocking Franklin out during the first round of their UFC 64 fight and sending him to the hospital with a nasal fracture.

A subsequent win by Franklin at UFC 68 against Jason ‘The Athlete’ MacDonald by TKO prompted Dana White, UFC CEO, to declare that a rematch between Franklin and UFC welterweight title holder Anderson Silva would take place at UFC 77 in Cincinnati, Ohio – Franklin’s hometown. Franklin fought his scheduled bout versus Yushin Okami at UFC 72 in Belfast, Ireland, winning the bout with a unanimous decision.

All articles...

Aleksander Emelianenko

Anderson Silva

Andrei Arlovski - "The Pitbull"

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - "Minotauro"

B.J. Penn

Brad Blackburn - Bad

Brandon Vera

Bryan Vetell

Chris Lytle - Lights Out

Chuck Liddell

Dan Christison - The Sandman

Dan Henderson

David Tank Abbott

Denis Kang

Diego Sanchez

Don Frye - The Predator

Ed Herman - Short Fuse

Eric Esch - Butterbean

Ernesto Hoost - Mr. Perfect

Fedor Emelianenko

Forrest Griffin

Frank Shamrock

Gabriel Gonzaga - "Napao"

George St. Pierre - "Rush"

Gilbert Yvel - The Hurricane

Hayato Sakurai

Heath Herring - The Texas Crazy Horse

Hermes Franca

Ian Freeman - The Machine

Igor Vovchanchyn - Ice Cold

Jason MacDonald - The Athlete

Jason Von Flue - Live Wire

Jeff Joslin - The Inferno

Jeremy Horn - Gumby

Joachim Hansen - Hell Boy

Joey Villasenor

Jon Fitch

Josh Barnett - "The Babyface Assassin"

Josh Burkman - "The People's Warrior"

Josh Koscheck

Karo Parisyan

Keith Jardine - The Dean of Mean

Kendall Grove

Kenny Florian - KenFlo

Lyoto Machida

Mac Danzig

Marcus Aurelio - Maximus

Mark Coleman - The Hammer

Mark Hunt

Mark Weir - The Wizard

Marvin Eastman - The Beastman

Matt Hamill - The Hammer

Matt Hughes

Matt Lindland

Matt Serra

Mauricio Rua - "Shogun"

Michael Bisping

Mike Swick - "Quick"

Mirko Filipovic - "Cro Cop"

Nam Phan

Nick Diaz - "Diablo"

Patrick Cote - The Predator

Paul Buentello - The Headhunter

Peter Aerts - The Dutch Lumberjack

Phil Baroni - The New York Bad Ass

Quinton Jackson - "Rampage"

Randy Couture - "The Natural"

Rashad Evans - "Sugar"

Renzo Gracie

Ricardo Arona

Rich Franklin

Richard Clementi - No Love

Roman Zentsov - The Russian Hammer

Sam Hoger - The Alaskan Assassin

Sean Sherk - "The Muscle Shark"

Shinya Aoki

Shonie Carter - Mr. International

Spencer Fisher - The King

Takanori Gomi

The UFC will take all the action to Netherlands

Tim Sylvia - "The Maine-iac"

Travis Lutter - The Serial Killer

Urijah Faber - California Kid

When will we ever see a male vs female MMA fight

Yoshihiro Akiyama

Yves Edwards