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Rich Franklin Net Worth

Rich Franklin Net Worth is
$3.5 Million

Rich Franklin Biography

Richard Jay Franklin II was born on 5 October 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is a retired professional mixed martial artist, best known to have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a ex-UFC Middleweight Champion, and all of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Rich Franklin? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $3.5 million, mostly earned through his success in professional mixed martial arts. He’s earned high valued contracts through fights, but later transitioned to a more executive role. He is the Vice-President of ONE Championship and as he continues his career it is expected that his wealth will increase.

Rich Franklin Net Worth $3.5 million

Franklin attended William Henry Harrison High School, and after matriculating went to the University of Cincinnati. He graduated with a degree in mathematics, and would later earn a master’s degree in education. Prior to going into mixed martial arts, he was a mathematics teacher at Oak Hills High School.

In the early 1990s, he started learning martial arts, specifically karate at the Harrison Okinawan Karate Dojo. During this time, he was also learning submission fighting through instructional video tapes, and would later learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Jorge Gurgel. He then learn Muay Thai under Neal Rowe and Boxing under Rob Radford. Eventually, he would work his way to becoming a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

At the start of his UFC career, he would go on a perfect 3-0 record, defeating Evan Tanner, Edwin Dewees and Jorge Rivera. In 2005, he fought in the main event of “The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale” which he won against Ken Shamrock thanks to his striking. He was the first fighter to have knocked Shamrock out, and the win made him one of the most popular fighters in UFC. Thanks to his win, he got a title shot and would face Evan Tanner for the UFC Middleweight Championship. He won the belt and would successfully defend it against Nate Quarry and David Loiseau from 2005 to 2006, however, after the fight with David he would be side-lined for six months because of a broken hand. In 2007, he lost the belt to Anderson Silva via TKO during the first round and had to undergo surgery to fix a nasal fracture.

He returned in UFC 68 to fight against Jason MacDonald, getting a win. He then fought Yushin Okami in UFC 72 to determine the top contender for the middleweight division, which he won, and then fought Silva for a second time but would lose in the second round via TKO. After his second loss, Rich would start training with Matt Hume, and then moved to the Light Heavyweight division to fight against Matt Hamill. He won the fight via TKO and then faced Dan Henderson at UFC 93, losing in a controversial split decision, and his next fight would be against Wanderlei Silva which he won. At UFC 103, he fought against Vitor Belfort and lost during the first round though there was controversy about illegal blows to his head. Franklin then went on to face Chuck Liddell and would win thanks to a counter right hand during round one. He continued with a couple of more fights before returning to the Middleweight division.

Franklin’s return paired him with Cung Le, but he was knocked out during the first round; in 2015, he announced his retirement. The decision was made after he discussed retiring with his mother, admitting that his body had slowed down.

Aside from fighting, Franklin has acted in several film projects including “Cyborg Soldier” in which he stars with Tiffani Thiessen. He also played MMA Coach Billings in the comedy film “Mantervention”.

For his personal life, it is known that Rich was married to Beth Franklin in 2002 but they divorced in 2011. He is a Christian, and quotes Psalm 144:1 on his fighter gear and webpage.

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Quick Facts

Full NameRich Franklin
Net Worth$3.5 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 5, 1974
Place Of BirthCincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height6 ft (1.85 m)
Weight203 lbs (92.1 kg)
ProfessionTeacher, Martial Artist, Actor, Coach
EducationWilliam Henry Harrison High School, University of Cincinnati
NationalityAmerican
SpouseBeth Franklin
ParentsVaila Franklin, Richard Franklin Sr.
SiblingsGreg Franklin
NicknamesRich Jay Franklin II , Ace , Richard Jay Franklin II
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/rich.ace.franklin
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/richfranklin
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Franklin
MoviesUFC 115, Cyborg Soldier, UFC 126, UFC 88: Breakthrough, The Hammer, The Genesis Code, UFC 58: USA vs. Canada, UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson, UFC 64: Unstoppable, UFC 50: The War of '04, UFC: The Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights: Vol. 2, World Extreme Fighting: Vol. 2: The Greatest, UFC 44: Only One Will Be Undisputed
TV ShowsUFC 99: The Comeback


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Defeated Evan Tanner to win the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 53- Heavy Hitters. [June 2005]
2Appeared in the infomercial, hosted by Alden Mills, of the "Perfect Pullup" workout program.
3Defeated Edwin Dewees at UFC 44- Undisputed. [June 2003]
4Defeated Evan Tanner at UFC 42- Sudden Impact. It was Rich's UFC debut fight. [April 2003]
5Defeated 'Jorge Rivera' at UFC 50- The War of '04. [October 2004]
6Won against 'Nathan Quarry' by KO (Punch) in UFC 56-Full Force on 19th November 2005 at 2:34 of the first round. [November 2005]
7Defeated Ken Shamrock on The Ultimate Fighter Finale. [April 2005]
8Is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jorge Gurgel.
9Was Knocked-out by Lyoto Machida at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye Festival on December 31st 2003.
10Used to be a High School math teacher in Cinncinnati, Ohio for four years. He still volunteers at the school a few times a month.


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Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gleichschaltung2018pre-production
Mantervention2014Coach Billings
The Hammer2010Coach Pruitt
The Genesis Code2010Coach Edwards
Cyborg Soldier2008VideoIsaac

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fight Church2014Documentary special thanks
Here Comes the Boom2012special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
UFC 200 Greatest Fighters of All Time2016TV Mini-SeriesHimself
ONE Championship: Global Rivals2016TV MovieHimself - Fight Commentator
ONE Fighting Championship 27: Warrior's Quest2015TV MovieHimself - ONE FC Vice President
UFC Ultimate Insider2014TV SeriesHimself - Season 2 & 11 Coach
UFC on Fox2012TV SeriesHimself
Once I Was a Champion2011DocumentaryHimself
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort2011TV MovieHimself
MMA H.E.A.T.2011TV SeriesHimself
The Striking Truth 3D2010DocumentaryHimself
UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin2010TV SpecialHimself
American Fighter2009TV MovieHimself - Host
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort2009TV SpecialHimself
UFC 99: The Comeback2009TV SpecialHimself
TV total2009TV SeriesHimself
UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson2009TV SpecialHimself
UFC Unleashed2007-2008TV Series
Best of UFC Fight Night2008VideoHimself - Host
UFC 88: Breakthrough2008TV SpecialHimself
UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 22008TV SpecialHimself
UFC Wired2007-2008TV Series
UFC 77: Hostile Territory2007TV SpecialHimself
UFC 72: Victory2007TV SpecialHimself
UFC 72 Countdown2007TV SpecialHimself
UFC 68: The Uprising2007TV SpecialHimself
UFC 64: Unstoppable2006TV SpecialHimself
UFC 64 Countdown2006TV SpecialHimself
UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 42006VideoHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2006TV SeriesHimself
UFC 58: USA vs. Canada2006TV SpecialHimself
UFC 56: Full Force2005TV SpecialHimself
Beyond the Glory2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch2005TV SeriesHimself
UFC 55: Fury2005TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
UFC 54: Boiling Point2005TV SpecialHimself
UFC 53: Heavy Hitters2005TV SpecialHimself
The Ultimate Fighter2005TV SeriesHimself
UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 32004VideoHimself
UFC 50: The War of '042004TV SpecialHimself - Middleweight Fighter
UFC 44: Undisputed2003TV SpecialHimself
UFC 42: Sudden Impact2003TV SpecialHimself

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
UFC Unleashed2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
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