15 Facts About Rich Franklin

1. Rich Franklin had a lifelong love of swimming that began during his childhood in Boston.

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2. Rich Franklin left Boston and Philadelphia an unusual gift in his will.

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3. Rich Franklin capitalized on the French conception of Americans as rustic frontiersmen by dressing plainly and wearing a fur hat, which soon became his trademark and appeared in countless French portraits and medallions.

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4. Rich Franklin designed a musical instrument used by Mozart and Beethoven.

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5. Rich Franklin spent just two years attending Boston Latin School and a private academy before joining the family candle and soap making business.

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6. Rich Franklin made his acting debut in a film called Cyborg Soldier where he plays an escaped super soldier and partners with Tiffani Thiessen.

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7. Rich Franklin became the first person in UFC history to fight in four different countries, in four consecutive fights.

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8. Rich Franklin became the first person to main event a UFC show in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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9. Rich Franklin fought Silva for a second time at UFC 77 on October 20, 2007.

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10. Rich Franklin became the first person to main event a UFC card in Northern Ireland.

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11. Rich Franklin defeated the top middleweight contender by unanimous decision to be officially announced as the number one contender for Silva's middleweight championship.

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12. Rich Franklin broke his left hand early on in the second round.

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13. Rich Franklin is currently ranked as a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jorge Gurgel, earning this on October 11, 2014.

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14. Rich Franklin serves as the face of the brand and travels throughout the US and Asia hosting seminars and speaking engagements, promoting fights and working with the fighters.

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15. Rich Franklin is one of seven children and has 3 brothers and 3 sisters including one biological brother, Greg and five half-siblings.

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