Rich Franklin out 2-3 months with Shoulder InjuryPosted on September 9, 2011, 08:55 PM by Trent Reinsmith
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin has not had the best of luck this summer. First his scheduled fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 was scratched when Nogueira was injured just weeks before the fight and the UFC was unable to find a suitable opponent for Franklin, leaving him off the fight card. Now news has broken that Franklin has sustained an injury that will require surgery.
The press release posted on Franklin’s website reported that the injury, a torn labrum, occurred during routine training and that Franklin will be out of action for two to three months.
Franklin had the following to say about the injury, “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.” – read the entire post on Franklin’s website.
Franklin made his MMA debut in 1999, going 14-0-0-1 before suffering his first defeat, a TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in 2003. Franklin’s career record stands at 28-6-0-1, with his last fight being a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126.