Franklin was king of the
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight mountain before
arachnophobia gripped the weight class with the arrival of a
certain Brazilian muay Thai machine.
A former math teacher at Oak Hills High School in Bridgetown, Ohio,
Franklin started his mixed martial arts career in 1999, went 22-1
with one no contest in his first 24 outings and rose to the top of
the 185-pound division. He captured the middleweight crown with a
fourth-round stoppage of Evan Tanner at
UFC 53 and retained it in subsequent appearances against Nate Quarry
Loiseau before two blowout losses to the great Anderson
Silva ended his run at the top. Franklin made his final
appearance inside the Octagon in 2012 and was later inducted into
the pioneer wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. He currently serves as
vice president of the Singapore-based One
Four-plus years after Franklin announced his retirement from
competition, here are some of the numbers that came to define
45: Years of age. Franklin was born on Oct. 5,
1974 in Cincinnati.
20: Victories by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for nearly 70 percent of Franklin’s career total.
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7: Losses to former UFC, Pride or Strikeforce
champions. Franklin suffered setbacks against Silva (twice),
Griffin and Cung Le. He was
29-0 in all other bouts.
211: Total strikes landed in a five-round
unanimous decision over Loiseau at UFC 58, then an all-time high
for a middleweight title fight. Franklin outlanded “The Crow” by a
staggering 211-26 margin, as he drew 50-42, 50-42 and 50-43 marks
from the judges.
146: Combined wins between the six men—Machida,
Silva, Henderson, Belfort, Griffin and Le—who have beaten Franklin.
They own a cumulative .716 winning percentage.
10: Seconds needed to knock out Roberto
Ramirez at a Battleground event on July 19, 2003 in Chicago. It
was the fastest finish of Franklin’s career.
3: Post-fight performance bonuses won in the UFC.
Franklin was awarded “Fight of the Night” twice and “Knockout of
the Night” once for a total haul of $210,000.
17: First-round finishes to Franklin’s credit.
Five of them took place inside 90 seconds.
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