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Rich Franklin movie: 'American Fighter'

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This time, it's personal.

No really, it is. They're making a movie called "American Fighter" based on the life of former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin.

Hollywood Reporter has the details:

Eric Eisner's Double E Pictures and Motion Theory have optioned the life rights to Franklin's story, and set David Hollander (The Cleaner, The Guardian) to pen the script.

"I'm excited to see the story of my career as a fighter brought to the screen, and I feel confident that the team assembled will do a great job in telling this story," Franklin said.

A family man and high school math teacher, Franklin taught himself mixed martial arts, and quickly emerged as one of the most dominant figures in the sport.

American Fighter also will chronicle the transformation of mixed martial arts into a billion-dollar industry.

"Ace" is no stranger to cinema, having starred in the Matt Hamill biopic earlier this year as well as 2008's "Cyborg Solider," co-starring Tiffani Amber Thiessen.

Franklin (28-6) was set to make his Octagon return against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the upcoming UFC 133 event on August 6, 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until the Brazilian was injured and removed from the pay-per-view fight card.

The promotion offered him Alexander Gustafsson as a replacement, but the "American Fighter" opted to ride the bench until "Little Nog" gets back on his feet.

Franklin was last seen struggling with the size of mammoth light heavyweight Forrest Griffin back at UFC 126 on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas and was sent back to the middle of the 205-pound pack after that deflating loss.

Despite an impressive career at middleweight, overshadowed by two losses to division deity Anderson Silva, the cold, hard numbers reveal he hasn't put together a winning streak since Sept. 2008.

While he already stated his days at 185-pounds are "done forever," his budding film career is just beginning.

Any Maniacs plan on checking this one out? Why or why not?

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