Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin has signed a deal with Double E Pictures that will see his life story transformed into a movie.

The film, which will be titled ‘American Fighter’ will chart Franklin’s rise to prominence from unlikely beginnings as a school maths teacher to the top of the fastest growing sport in the world.

“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 in an official press release today.

That team includes Double E’s Eric Eisner (Hamlet 2) who secured the rights to the story, while David Hollander (The Cleaner, Heartland, The Guardian) will write the script and Matthew Cullen (director of music video’s for Kate Perry amongst others) will be an executive producer.

Franklin isn’t the first MMA fighter to have his story transformed onto the big screen – his one time opponent Matt Hamill is the subject of the upcoming film ‘Hamill’ which tells of his against-the-odds rise having been born deaf.

Meanwhile Franklin was expected to fight at August 6th’s UFC 133 event against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but after Lil Nog pulled out injured he was withdrawn from the card and is now awaiting news of who and when he’ll be fighting next.

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