Rich Franklin to Undergo Shoulder Surgery, Sidelined Up to Three Months

Written by Tom Ngo
September 9th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Rich Franklin

On Friday, Rich Franklin (Pictured) announced that a shoulder injury he suffered 10 days ago in training will require minor surgery. The former UFC middleweight champ will go under the knife this coming Tuesday to repair his torn labrum.

“The timing of this shoulder injury is unfortunate considering my fight was pulled from the UFC 133 card, but I know everything will go as planned and that I will recover quickly,” said Franklin. “The UFC is being supportive, and I hope my fans also will be understanding – I promise to get back in the Octagon and fight again as soon as possible.”

The 36-year-old is expected to make a full recovery in approximately two to three months.

Franklin was last seen dropping a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126 this past February. He was scheduled to co-main event UFC 133 opposite Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in August, but the fight was pulled from the card when Nogueira was stung by the injury bug.

It was rumored the former math teacher could meet Tito Ortiz in a 205-pound affair at UFC on FOX, but that’s out of the question now.

“Ace” holds a 28-6 (1 NC) professional mixed martial arts record.

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