Height: 6'1" (186cm)
Weight: 205 lbs
Fighting out of: Cincinnati, USA
Camp: JG Mixed Martial Arts Academy
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Rich Jay Franklin II (born October 5, 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion.
Franklin had a record of 17 wins and 1 loss before his fight for the title, which he won. His sole loss was against Lyoto Machida by TKO in the second round. In the run up to the title match, he defeated such well-respected fighters as Evan Tanner, Jorge Rivera, Edwin Dewees and Ken Shamrock. Before his fight with Shamrock, Franklin signed an unusually long 8-fight contract with the UFC.
In 2005, he defeated Evan Tanner for a second time at UFC 53 to win the UFC Middleweight Championship. His victory led to his being a coach (along with welterweight champion Matt Hughes) on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter.