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Franklin Undergoes Surgery - No Training for 2-3 Months

Loot2011-09-11 08:16:17 +0000 #1


Rich Franklin is again on the recovery trail.

The former UFC middleweight champion and current light-heavyweight veteran suffered a shoulder injury 10 days ago and will undergo "minor" surgery on Tuesday.

The fighter's reps today confirmed the injury with ( ).

Franklin suffered a torn right labrum but expects a full recovery. That process is expected to last two to three months, and after physical therapy, he can return to training.

Franklin hadn't been booked for an upcoming fight but was rumored for a November or December return, possibly against Tito Ortiz. "Ace" hasn't fought since a decision loss to ex-champ Forrest Griffin at UFC 126. He then was slated to fight at UFC 133 this past month, but his opponent, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, ultimately pulled out of the fight due to injury. (UFC president Dana White recently told he didn't envision rebooking Franklin vs. Nogueira.)

"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 stated. "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, 36, continues to be one of the UFC's most recognizable fighters. However, while rotating between wins and losses in his past six fights, the Ohio-based fighter has suffered a handful of injuries, including a severely scratched cornea (in a close loss to Dan Henderson) and a broken arm (in a win over Chuck Liddell).

While recovering from his shoulder injury, Franklin will continue to work on his newest project, a film adaptation of his life story. Eric Eisner's Double E Pictures recently purchased the rights to produce the movie, which is titled "American Fighter."

Well, I guess we can put those Tito/Franklin rumors to rest...

Ash2011-09-11 08:20:43 +0000 #2
Man, I had no idea Franklin was 36. I have to wonder how many fights he has left at this point.
Best80smovieRAD2011-09-11 08:38:08 +0000 #3
Franklin I would say is fighting out his contract and will hang it up. He signed a 6 fight contract before his fight with Vitor, which would mean he has 3 fights left. I would pretty much say hes done after it and will probably just open a gym or something to train
Ash2011-09-11 09:29:42 +0000 #4
Who does Franklin even train with these days?
Best80smovieRAD2011-09-11 09:35:44 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by Ash

Who does Franklin even train with these days?

i don't recall him having a team or anything. I remember watching vids of him training for Lil Nog and he just brought in Gurgel and would go train close to home at various gyms that I guess he frequents.

I really feel had Franklin ever got a legit team under him, he probably could of done much better. He's always been a guy who seemed to just run his own show though.
Snapcat2011-09-11 09:39:59 +0000 #6
I had the same injury in december, although not as severe no surgery required. But the PT took 2-3 months alone. Ofcouse, Franklin won't have to wait around for Dr. appointments or surgery dates like normal people do.



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