During his victory speech at UFC 115, Rich Franklin made it clear he’d broken something in his left arm through both his words and his body language. Cradling the limb, “Ace” discussed the kick bringing about the injury and likely made a few onlookers’ stomachs cringe when mentioning he could feel the bone “click” shortly thereafter. However, based on the immediacy of the post-fight interview it was impossible at that point for the Cincinnati native to know the actual extent of the damage sustained.
Now that a short period of time has passed the former UFC middleweight champ has seen a doctor and the diagnosis is in. According to Franklin, who took to his Twitter page, “I broke my ulna in my forearm. I find out today if i need surgery today. Either way I’m casted at least 8 weeks.” No timetable has been announced for the soutpaw’s return, though it’s clear he won’t be seeing action until Fall at the earliest.
Franklin improved his record to 28-5 this past weekend after flooring fellow UFC icon Chuck Liddell with a counter right-hand in the first round of their headlining bout. The win was the one-time high school math teacher’s third since moving up from 185 pounds two years ago and his second by way of knockout.