Rich Franklin will undergo shoulder surgery next week. | Photo: Dave Mandel


UFC light heavyweight Rich Franklin announced Friday that he injured his shoulder 10 days ago while training and, as a result, will undergo minor surgery to repair a torn labrum on Sept. 13.

According to a release distributed by his management, “Ace” sustained the injury while participating in a routine grappling session at his gym in Cincinnati. Franklin is expected to make a full recovery in two to three months.

“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,” Franklin said in the release. “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.”

Franklin was slated to square off with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 last month, but the Brazilian withdrew from the contest with a shoulder injury of his own. As the UFC could not find a replacement on short notice, Franklin was also taken off the card.

A former UFC middleweight champion, Franklin has done the majority of his work at light heavyweight since suffering two brutal technical knockout losses to reigning 185-pound king Anderson Silva in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Franklin, 36, has split his last six contests, knocking out light heavyweights Matt Hamill and Chuck Liddell and earning a unanimous decision over Wanderlei Silva in a 195-pound catchweight affair. Franklin’s three losses in that span came courtesy of Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort and, most recently, Forrest Griffin at UFC 126 in February.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Rashad Evans out 6-7 months after second ACL procedure

  • 22 days ago
  • 16 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans won't be returning to action anytime soon. As reported on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, Evans underwent a second procedure to correct the torn anterior read news >>

Rashad Evans Injury: Updates on UFC Star's Knee and Recovery

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will miss an additional six to seven months after his body rejected a cadaver ACL placed in his injured knee. Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting passed a read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs. Ryan Bader Announced for UFC Fight Night Event

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

A critical light heavyweight fight between Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader has been announced, and it will likely serve as the headline for UFC Fight Night on June 6. The announcement was made on Twitt read news >>

Rashad Evans underwent second ACL surgery, out at least six more months

  • 15 days ago
  • 0 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans had a major issue with his first ACL surgery and was forced to undergo another one, which will delay his return to the octagon. It doesn't look like read news >>

Watch the UFC 184 Q&A Featuring Anthony Johnson Live on Friday at 5 PM ET | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

Watch the UFC 184 Q&A featuring No. 1 light heavyweight contender Anthony "Rumble" Johnson streaming live Friday from Los Angeles at 5 p.m. ET. read news >>

Former UFC Champ Rich Franklin on Anderson Silva: 'My Heart Bleeds for the Guy'

  • 2 days ago
  • 11 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin recently commented on the media firestorm surrounding the recent failed drug tests of pound-for-pound great and one-time Octagon adversary Anderson Silv read news >>

Rich Franklin: Anderson Silva has become the Lance Armstrong of UFC

  • 10 hours ago
  • 8 views

Hopefully he doesn't give himself cancer. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva failed his UFC 183 drug test for steroids -- among other things -- and has b read news >>

UFC Stars Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva to Meet with WWE at WrestleMania 31

  • 29 days ago
  • 10 views

While former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen is still banned from the Octagon, he might just be poised to start appearing in the squared circle. Speaking on Off th read news >>

Ryan Bader believes Anthony Johnson 'can definitely' beat Jon Jones for UFC belt

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

Ryan Bader’s experience fighting UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones isn’t his fondest memory, but he did get a taste of the talent “Bones” possesses.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>