Rich Franklin is an American retired Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial artist and a businessperson.
He was once a formidable UFC Middleweight Champion. Moreover, Rich is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Franklin had a successful MMA career that saw him compete in a total of 37 MMA matches.
He won a whopping 29 of those matches and lost only 7. Moreover, most of his wins were by knockouts, 20 to be exact.
Besides wrestling, Rich is also an actor. He has worked in films like Cyborg Soldier and The Hammer. Check out his bio in the rest of our article.
Who is Rich Franklin?
Rich Franklin went from tackling mathematical problems as a teacher in Ohio to tackling wrestlers in the ring.
The Ohio-born wrestler trained in karate in the 90s. Afterward, he started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2014, his efforts paid off when he earned his black belt.
Rich then joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the early 2000s.
He hit the ground running, beating top UFC contenders like Evan Tanner during UFC 42 and Jorge Rivera during UFC 50.
In 2005, Franklin competed in The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale and defeated Ken Shamrock, a former UFC champion. Rich was the first wrestler in the history of the UFC to defeat Shamrock by a technical knockout.
In June of 2005, Franklin earned his first UFC title by defeating Evans Tanner at UFC 53. Consequently, he became the new UFC Middleweight Champion.
Rich successfully defended his title twice at UFC 56 against Nate Quarry and at UFC 58 against David Loiseau.
He lost the title at UFC 64 against Anderson Silva. Perhaps his loss resulted from his previous fight with David Loiseau, where he broke his hand in the second round. Franklin retired from mixed martial arts on 28th September 2015.
Rich was once married to his Wife Beth Franklin.
Rich Franklin married Beth Franklin in 2002. The couple went on to be blessed with one son. Unfortunately, the duo divorced in 2011 after the flames went out in their marriage.
Franklin has had a successful career in MMA, and the proof is in the pudding. Presently, Rich Franklin’s net worth is $5 million.
Rich’s income comes from the earnings of his MMA career as well as his business ventures. Rich sold the majority stake of his company American Fighter to Affliction Clothing in 2012.
Additionally, Franklin started an organic juice company named Ze/Lin Organic Juice & Fusion Café.
Rich Franklin’s Wiki-Facts.
|Full name||Richard Jay “Rich” Franklin II|
|Age||46 years old.|
|Date of Birth||October 5th, 1974|
|Place of Birth||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.|
|Profession||Mixed martial artist, actor, and Businessman|
|Net worth||$5 million|
|Partner||Beth Franklin (Divorced)|
|Parents||Richard Sr. and Vaila Franklin|