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Rich Franklin

Rich was a second string high school football player who wanted nothing more than to play college ball. When size prevented that dream from coming true, he decided to get back into karate. It was something his father had first introduced him to when he was 12, and he hoped it would quench his competitive thirst. He met and became friends with his instructor's sons, Josh and Shawn Rafferty. Shawn learned Thai boxing while serving in the Marine Corps, and together they took their current knowledge and added to it by training in styles other than what they were used to. At this point, Rich had his first taste of the UFC. After watching in disbelief that stand-up fighters could not keep a fight standing, he began studying some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. When the school shut down, they cleared out an old shed in the Rafferty's backyard and continued to practice. The three of them decided to watch their first local amateur show, at which point they decided to fight. This was a pivotal point in Rich's life, since he had just graduated college, accepted his first job as a teacher, and found a solid training facility at Excalibur fitness. They began training with Kerry Schall and coordinated training sessions for a small group of fighters at the gym. During this time Rich had key victories over Gary Myers and Aaron Brink, at which time Monte Cox began managing him. He went on to beat Dennis Reed, Travis Fulton and Marvin Eastman. Once again, he found himself at another pivotal point of his life. He met his wife, they bought their first house, he quit teaching to train full-time and found several new training facilities and coaches. It was also at this point that he was offered his first fight in the UFC. He presently trains at facilities run by Jorge Gurgel, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt (New Generation Martial Arts); Neal Rowe, a Muay Thai instructor (Sacan Martial Arts); and Rob Radford, a boxing instructor (Boxing 4 Fitness).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Hammer
  • Coach Pruitt
2011
No Score Yet Once I Was A Champion
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Genesis Code
  • Coach Edwards
2010
No Score Yet Super Brawl: Rising
  • Actor
2005

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Ultimate Fighter
2005
  • Appearing

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