Rich "Ace" Franklin II
Born October 5, 1974
Other names Ace
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Division 185 & 205
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Freestyle Fighting, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio
Team Team Extreme/AMC Pankration
Years active 1999–present

Rich Jay Franklin II prior to becoming a full time MMA fighter, Franklin graduated from William Henry Harrison High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and later earned a master's degree in education at the University of Cincinnati, and taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Franklin and American Fighter President Jeff Adler created The Keep It In The Ring Foundation to advocate non-violence and build character in youth. This is done through after school sports, martial arts and life skills programs. His nickname "Ace" comes from his resemblance to Jim Carrey, who played the character Ace Ventura. Joe Rogan once called him "An angry Jim Carrey". Franklin made his acting debut in a film called Cyborg Soldier where he plays an escaped super soldier and partners with Tiffani Thiessen.


What is your favorite technique?
The one that ends the fight.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Cincinnati – bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in education.

What was your job before you started fighting?
I used to be a full-time high school teacher for Oak Hills Local School District.  I train full-time now.