Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin’s nickname is ‘Ace’ because of his resemblance to actor Jim Carrey, who starred in the Ace Ventura movies.
Franklin explained that in the beginning when people would mistake him for Jim Carrey, it would annoy him, but then he saw the humour in it and embraced it, then the nickname stuck during his MMA career.
Franklin is a former high school mathematics teacher who has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati. Franklin is also a great motivational speaker as seen in this Ted Talk
Franklin is going to be inducted into 2019 UFC Hall of Fame class