Franklin will undergo shoulder surgery next week. | Photo: Dave
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
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
Belfort and, most recently, Forrest
Griffin at UFC 126 in February.