Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Rich Franklin is one of the biggest stars in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Franklin was a high school math teacher before beginning his MMA career and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati.
Franklin won his first major title when he defeated Evan Tanner in June of 2005 to win the UFC Middleweight Championship. Franklin defended the title twice before losing the title to Anderson Silva. After an unsuccessful attempts to regain his middleweight belt from champion Anderson Silva, Franklin has been fighting in catchweight and light heavyweight bouts.
MAJOR TITLES WON: UFC Middleweight Championship
NOTABLE VICTORIES: Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Matt Hamill, Travis Lutter, Yushin Okami, Nate Quarry, Evan Tanner, Ken Shamrock
NOTABLE LOSSES: Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida