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Rich Franklin: Teacher, fighter, author and now TV host

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Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich "Ace" Franklin has co-authored a book entitled, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ultimate Fighting," which is set to hit bookshelves this Tuesday, September 4.

We're thinking of making it required reading for the questionable posters that some times pop up around here (sarcasm, folks). To reserve a copy right now click here.

Franklin will also be the focus of an upcoming half-hour pilot television program dubbed, "American Fighter," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. And no, he will not fly planes.

Here's a snip:

"Franklin, 32, a former Oak Hills High School math teacher, will tell inspirational stories about people fighting against the odds.... The pilot features Joe Garvey, 21, of Bright, Ind., learning to walk after a crippling ATV accident seven years ago."

Fans can catch the debut of "American Fighter" at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky, at 6:30 p.m. on September 14. The goal, according to the report, is to eventually get the show on basic cable.

If the publishing and television deals don't work out for Franklin he can still fall back on his bread and butter, mixed martial arts.

In fact, he's booked to rematch Anderson Silva at UFC 77: "Hostile Territory" at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 20. And if that doesn't work out, well, he can always fall back on teaching.

It's great to have so many options (more sarcasm).

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