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Rich Franklin: If I have to hand my city over, I'm going to give it to Matt Brown

When the UFC returned to Cincinnati in May, hometown hero Rich Franklin was nowhere to be found on the card.  Franklin, who hails from the Queen City, put Cincinnati on the map in regards to MMA in the UFC. That night, UFC welterweight Matt Brown charged to the Octagon to battle Brazilian Erick Silva in the main event. Brown eventually scored a TKO victory after one of the most...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Franklin: “It’ll be the last time you see me inside the cage.”

This week, at an interview in the Philippines, UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, told reporters that he did not know if he could train for a fight and act as ONE FC’s vice president. The MMA legend and former math teacher, who is known for his uncanny resemblance to Jim Carrey (hence Franklin’s nickname, “Ace”), said his duties for ONE kept him away from his home...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Rich Franklin’s TEDx Talk On ‘How To Be A Loser’

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin held a TEDx talk recently on the subject of ‘How To Be A Loser’ and you can watch it in full below. A fan favorite in the UFC, Franklin has lost to some of the best in the business during his time in mixed martial arts, including the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort, but he’s also had his fair share of big...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Rich Franklin Be The Next Vice President of ONE FC?

Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich “Ace” Franklin, has confirmed that he has been in talks with ONE FC about becoming their new vice president. Franklin posted on his Facebook page that he had been talking with ONE officials and that this decision to move to the small, Singaporean, mixed martial arts promotion had been supported by UFC president Dana White and co-owner, Lorenzo...
Via Fight Of The Night
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin on UFC fighter pay “UFC not in business to give money away”

Rich Franklin is transitioning from being an MMA star to a full-time juicer and spokesman for the sport he loves, and while he still has one fight in the bag, it’s interesting to get the perspective of one of MMA’s true pioneers and stars on the business of MMA. We were lucky enough to have an in-depth interview with the former middleweight champion about many, many taboo subjects...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin talks UFC return & juicing

Rich Franklin is well on his way to the UFC Hall of Fame, this much is known and this much is obvious, but I suggest possibly an even greater honor to bestow upon the former UFC middleweight champion – create a new weight division called ‘Franklinweight.’ You know what I’m saying here – create a 195 pound division and name it after Rich Franklin. Few people have skipped...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin breaks down UFC 168: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 2

You know, I wish Chris Weidman had been around longer, I would’ve loved to see him fight Rich Franklin at some point in their respective careers. But now, Rich is in his twilight, getting ready to hop on a horse and ride towards the sunset, with his last fight being his next fight. It’s been a great career for the multi-time champion. He was once considered the greatest middleweight...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin’s next fight will be his last

With the constant reminder from MMA, boxing, the NFL and other sports about head trauma and longevity in sports taking center stage in 2013, I’m happy to bid Rich Franklin adieu. Rich, you, like GSP, have nothing to prove. For a while there, you were considered the best middleweight until Anderson showed up, but now it’s time to go. I was never the biggest Rich Franklin fan....
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rich Franklin and Cung Le Face Six-Month Medical Suspensions

The UFC has medically suspended 13 athletes who competed in last Saturday’s “UFC on FUEL TV 6” event. Featured fighters Rich Franklin (Pictured) and Cung Le could be riding the pine for as long as six months. Franklin needs to have his left thumb examined, while Le requires an x-ray on his right elbow before returning to action. Both fighters can come back sooner with a doctor’s...
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November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Where does Rich Franklin go next?

What do you get when you pit former MMA champions against each other at pivotal points in their fighting lives? You are given two middle aged men, near the end of illustrious careers who always deliver: former UFC champion Rich Franklin and former Strikeforce champion Cung Le, competing for the fans and longevity in a [...]
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Slo-mo video of that beautiful 'lucky punch' Cung Le KO'd Rich Franklin with

Following his knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le, 40-year-old Cung Le humbly called his beautiful overhand right a 'lucky punch.' **Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe,... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

UFC Macao Results: Cung Le's iron fist knocks Rich Franklin out cold

Are you like me? Were you having a tough time finding a decisive KO of the year front runner for 2012? Enter the man with the iron fist.40 year old kickboxing legend, movie star, and former MMA champion Cung Le came into his main event role opposite Rich Franklin as a sizeable underdog. Franklin used his reach advantage in anticipation of the dangerous spinning attacks that Le...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Cung Le Knocks Out Rich Franklin with One Punch (Video)

Were you too hung over from Friday night’s festivities that you weren’t able to wake up early this morning to watch “UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le” go down in China? Are you regretting it because you wanna see what the MMA world is still buzzing about? No worries, because our partners at FOXSports.com have provided the devastating footage to get you up to speed. In the...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

UFC on FUEL TV 6 – Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le Highlights

Cung Le put the finishes touches on the UFC’s first event in China with a devastating right hook that knocked out Rich Franklin. Le was considered by many to be an underdog against Frankling who was more experienced and a former middleweight champion. UFC on FUEL TV 6 commentators Jon Anik and Kenny Florian recap the nights main event in the video below. Video: UFC on FUEL TV...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Cung Le KO'd Rich Franklin with a Tight Inside Right

Cotai Strip, Macau, China -- UFC middleweight Cung Le is an action-film-star-cum-mma-fighter slash Sanshou kickboxer who absorbed a leg kick and then knocked Rich Franklin the hell out at UFC on Fuel... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Le stuns Franklin in Macao

Cung Le used one "lucky" strike to cut short the script at UFC on Fuel 6 at the Cotai Arena in Macau. The 40-year-old who has split his time between movies and MMA crumpled former middleweight champ Rich Franklin midway through the first round of the UFC's first stop in China. "That's the biggest fight of my life," Le said on Fuel TV after the fight...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

‘UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le’ Live Results and Coverage

“UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le” takes place Saturday inside Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The first preliminary bout is scheduled to start at approximately 7:40AM ET/4:40AM PT. Make sure to stay with 5thRound.com all morning for our live coverage. Facebook will kick off the festivities by streaming all three prelims. Fans simply have to “Like” the UFC’s page in order to...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs Le Fighter Salaries, Attendance & Gate

Wow - who saw that coming?  Definitely not Rich Franklin, who got put to bed by Cung Le's right hand.  Le's heavy hand not only earned him the victory - it also helped him leave Macau with the biggest paycheck. Before we go any further, we should note that international events generally don't release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

‘UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le’ Complete Betting Odds

What, just because the Octagon’s brief hiatus ends in China makes you think there aren’t gambling lines available for the fights? Of course there are. “UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le” jumps off bright and early Saturday morning, so make sure to place your bets in time. The curtain is drawn on the first preliminary bout at 7:40AM ET/4:40AM PT. A middleweight matchup between...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Franklin living a UFC dream

When high school math teacher Rich Franklin had his first professional mixed martial arts fight back in 1999, he knocked out a guy named Michael Martin in 21 seconds with a swift kick to the head. That fight was in front of a West Virginia crowd exponentially smaller than the crowd who'll see him fight this weekend. Since then, Franklin has fought all over the United States...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Hyun Gyu Lim Ruled ‘Medically Unfit,’ Pulled From ‘UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le’

Hyun Gyu Lim’s UFC debut will have to wait for another day. Late Thursday night, the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced “The Ace” is medically unfit to fight David Mitchell on Saturday. Although the UFC didn’t elaborate on why Lim was forced to bow out, it is assumed he’s having issues with his weight cut. All the “UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs....
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Hyun Gyu Lim Ruled ‘Medically Unfit,’ Pulled From ‘UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le’

Hyun Gyu Lim’s UFC debut will have to wait for another day. Late Thursday night, the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced “The Ace” is medically unfit to fight David Mitchell on Saturday. Although the UFC didn’t elaborate on why Lim was forced to bow out, it is assumed he’s having issues with his weight cut. All the “UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs....
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

UFC on Fuel TV 6 Video Picks: Rich Franklin vs Cung Le

MMA Odds Breaker is back with a preview of this coming weekend’s UFC on Fuel TV 6 main event that will see former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin face off with former Strikeforce title holder Cung Le. This time around, Nick Kalikas was joined by ESPN’s Bret Okamoto and MMA Weekly’s Damon martin. Check out [...]
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

‘UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le’ Extended Video Preview

Just in case you didn’t know, “UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le” takes place this Saturday in China. To help generate hoopla for the freebie fight card, FUEL TV has released an extended video preview featuring the card’s featured athletes. CotaiArena inside The Venetian Macau Resort in Macau hosts the festivities. A middleweight shootout between Cung Le (Pictured) and Rich...
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November 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Fighter Scouting Report: Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin Vitals 6'1" 185 lbs (Middleweight) 76" reach, Southpaw October 5, 1974 Record 29-6 (1) (UFC: 14-5) Current Streak 1 straight win Training Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held UFC Middleweight Champion: 2005-2006 (two successful title defenses) Read more ...
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November 05, 2012  |  Discuss
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