Photo of Rich Franklin
Team Team Extreme
Age 45
Gender Male
Height 6' 1"
Weight Class Middleweight

Prior to becoming a full time MMA fighter, Rich Franklin was a math teacher. He started learning submission fighting from instructional videos and then trained with Meat Truck Inc. and then under Matt "The Wizard" Hume. Franklin is currently ranked as a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After having a record of 17 wins and 1 loss, Franklin won the UFC Middleweight Championship on June 4, 2005 against Evan Tanner. His victory led to his being a coach (along with welterweight champion Matt Hughes) on the second season of the reality series, The Ultimate Fighter.

Professional Career Statistics

Pro Record 28-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Career Length 13 years, 4 months, 22 days
Rounds Fought 52.9
Avg. Fights/Year 2.7
Longest Layoff 1 year, 4 months, 17 days
Quickest Turnaround 1 month, 12 days

Record BreakDown

- KO/TKO SUB DEC
Wins 14 10 4
Losses 5 0 2
Finish Rate 85.7%
Finished Rate 71.4%
Win by Decision Rate 14.3%
Loss by Decision Rate 28.6%
Win by KO Rate 50.0%
Loss by KO Rate 71.4%
Win by SUB Rate 35.7%
Loss by SUB Rate 0.0%
Win Method
Loss Method

Current Streak

1 Loss

Quick Hits

Fastest Win 00:10
Fastest KO 00:10
Fastest SUB 01:13
Ave. Rounds (Ws) 1.5
Ave. Length of Fight (Ws) 07:27
Ave. Rounds (Ls) 1.4
Ave. Length of Fight (Ls) 07:12
Finish Rounds
Finished Rounds

Official Professional Fight Record

Date Opponent Weightclass Method Round Time
Official MMA Fight Results 11/10/2012 L
(28-6-0)
Cung Le
(8-2-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 186.0)
KO (Strike)
UFC on Fuel 6
1 2:17
Official MMA Fight Results 06/23/2012 W
(27-6-0)
Wanderlei Silva
(35-11-1)
LHW
(190.0 vs. 188.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 147: Silva vs Franklin II
5 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 02/05/2011 L
(27-5-0)
Forrest Griffin
(17-6-0)
LHW
(203.0 vs. 205.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 126: Belfort vs. Silva
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 06/12/2010 W
(26-5-0)
Chuck Liddell
(21-7-0)
LHW
(205.0 vs. 205.0)
KO (Strike)
UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin
1 4:55
Official MMA Fight Results 09/19/2009 L
(26-4-0)
Vitor Belfort
(18-8-0)
LHW
(195.0 vs. 196.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
1 3:02
Official MMA Fight Results 06/13/2009 W
(25-4-0)
Wanderlei Silva
(33-9-1)
LHW
(194.0 vs. 194.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 99: The Comeback
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 01/17/2009 L
(25-3-0)
Dan Henderson
(23-7-0)
LHW
(203.0 vs. 202.0)
Decision (Split Decision)
UFC 93: Franklin vs Henderson
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 09/06/2008 W
(24-3-0)
Matt Hamill
(4-1-0)
LHW TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage)
UFC 88: Breakthrough
3 0:39
Official MMA Fight Results 04/19/2008 W
(23-3-0)
Travis Lutter
(9-4-0)
MW
(185.5 vs. 185.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2
2 3:01
Official MMA Fight Results 10/20/2007 L
(23-2-0)
Anderson Silva
(21-4-0)
MW
(184.0 vs. 184.5)
TKO/RSC
UFC 77 Hostile Territory
2 1:07
Official MMA Fight Results 06/16/2007 W
(22-2-0)
Yushin Okami
(20-3-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 185.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 72: Victory
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 03/03/2007 W
(21-2-0)
Jason Macdonald
(16-7-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 183.5)
TKO/RSC (Corner Stoppage)
UFC 68: The Uprising
2 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 10/14/2006 L
(21-1-0)
Anderson Silva
(18-4-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 185.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage)
UFC 64: Unstoppable
1 2:59
Official MMA Fight Results 03/04/2006 W
(20-1-0)
David Loiseau
(14-4-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 185.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 58: USA vs. Canada
5 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 11/19/2005 W
(19-1-0)
Nate Quarry
(9-1-0)
MW
(183.5 vs. 185.0)
KO
UFC 56: Full Force
1 2:34
Official MMA Fight Results 06/04/2005 W
(18-1-0)
Evan Tanner
(31-4-0)
MW TKO/RSC (Doctor Stoppage)
UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
4 3:45
Official MMA Fight Results 04/09/2005 W
(17-1-0)
Ken Shamrock
(26-8-2)
LHW
(203.5 vs. 202.5)
TKO/RSC
UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Finale
1 2:44
NSF 12/11/2004 W
(16-1-0)
Curtis Stout
(6-5-1)
Submission (Punches)
Superbrawl 38
2 1:28
Official MMA Fight Results 10/22/2004 W
(15-1-0)
Jorge Rivera
(8-2-0)
Submission (Arm Bar)
UFC 50: The War of '04
3 4:28
NSF 07/14/2004 W
(14-1-0)
Ralph Dillon
(0-0-0)
Submission (Leylock)
Alaska Fighting Championship 1
1 2:55
NSF 04/16/2004 W
(13-1-0)
Leo Sylvest
(5-12-0)
Submission (Strikes)
Superbrawl 35
1 1:13
NSF 12/31/2003 L
(13-0-0)
Lyoto Machida
(2-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Punches)
Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003
2 1:03
Official MMA Fight Results 09/26/2003 W
(12-0-0)
Edwin Dewees
(29-6-0)
LHW
(204.0 vs. 198.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
UFC 44: Undisputed
1 3:35
NSF 07/19/2003 W
(11-0-0)
Roberto Ramirez
(2-8-0)
KO (Punch)
Battleground 1: War Cry
1 0:10
NSF 04/25/2003 W
(10-0-0)
Evan Tanner
(27-3-0)
TKO/RSC (Strikes)
UFC 42: Sudden Impact
1 2:20
NSF 09/17/2002 W
(9-0-0)
Antony Rea
(3-0-0)
KO
Universal Combat Challenge: Eruption in Hawaii
1 2:46
NSF 06/15/2002 W
(8-0-0)
Yan Pellerin
(1-1-0)
Submission (Arm Bar)
Universal Combat Challenge 10: Battle for the Belts 2002
1 3:12
NSF 11/03/2001 W
(7-0-0)
Marvin Eastman
(3-1-0)
Submission (Arm Bar)
World Fighting Alliance 1
1 5:00
NSF 08/25/2001 W
(6-0-0)
Dennis Reed
(34-26-1)
Submission (Strikes)
Extreme Challenge Trials: August 2001
1 1:38
NSF 07/13/2001 W
(5-0-0)
Chris Seifert
(4-1-0)
Submission (Punches)
Extreme Challenge 41
2 1:45
NSF 03/17/2001 W
(4-0-0)
Travis Fulton
(87-29-6)
TKO/RSC (Didn't Answer the bell for Round 2)
Rings USA: Battle of Champions
1 5:00
NSF 01/13/2001 TBD
(4-0-0)
Aaron Brink
(8-4-0)
Unknown (Foot Caught in the Fence)
International Fighting Championship: Warriors Challenge 11
1 5:00
NSF 06/29/2000 W
(3-0-0)
Dennis Reed
(27-20-1)
Submission (Arm Bar)
Extreme Challenge 35
1 1:56
NSF 05/13/2000 W
(2-0-0)
Gary Myers
(8-5-1)
KO (Kick)
World Extreme Fighting 9: World Class
3 0:59
NSF 03/25/2000 W
(1-0-0)
Rob Smith
(1-1-0)
Submission (Strikes)
Extreme Challenge 31
1 2:30
NSF 06/19/1999 W
(0-0-0)
Michael Martin
(0-0-0)
KO (Round house Kick to the Head)
World Extreme Fighting 6
1 0:15
* Bouts marked with an 'Official' logo denote results which have been verified by an ABC-recognized athletic commission
* Bouts marked with an (*) are considered exhibition bouts and do not count towards the fighter's record
* Weights marked with an (*) denote those over the limit for the weight class

Amateur Career Statistics

Amateur Record 1-1-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Career Length 3 months, 9 days
Rounds Fought 0.9
Avg. Fights/Year 8.0
Longest Layoff 3 months, 9 days
Quickest Turnaround 3 months, 9 days

Record BreakDown

- KO/TKO SUB DEC
Wins 0 1 0
Losses 1 0 0
Finish Rate 100.0%
Finished Rate 100.0%
Win by Decision Rate 0.0%
Loss by Decision Rate 0.0%
Win by KO Rate 0.0%
Loss by KO Rate 100.0%
Win by SUB Rate 100.0%
Loss by SUB Rate 0.0%
Win Method
Loss Method

Current Streak

1 Win

Quick Hits

Fastest Win 01:27
Fastest KO -
Fastest SUB 01:27
Ave. Rounds (Ws) 0.5
Ave. Length of Fight (Ws) 01:27
Ave. Rounds (Ls) 0.4
Ave. Length of Fight (Ls) 01:07
Finish Rounds
Finished Rounds

Official Amateur Fight Record

Date Opponent Weightclass Method Round Time
NSF 10/04/1999 W
(0-1-0)
Eugene Pinault
(0-1-0)
Submission (Strikes)
Extreme Challenge Trials: October 1999
1 1:27
NSF 06/25/1999 L
(0-0-0)
Mike McCormick
(0-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Injury)
Extreme Challenge Trials
1 1:07
* Bouts marked with an 'Official' logo denote results which have been verified by an ABC-recognized athletic commission
* Bouts marked with an (*) are considered exhibition bouts and do not count towards the fighter's record
* Weights marked with an (*) denote those over the limit for the weight class