For the second consecutive year Rich Franklin will only enter the Octagon a single time after news surfaced this week regarding a torn shoulder labrum he suffered during a routine grappling session. The amount of recovery time involved will potentially keep “Ace” out 2-3 months leaving him little if any time to prepare for a fight in 2011.
“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 while referencing a cancelled bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last month when the Brazilian hurt himself while training.
“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,” the popular 36-year old continued.
The former middleweight champion was rumored for a rumble with Tito Ortiz at the UFC on FOX event coming this November but with this week’s news, as well as the announcement of Ortiz vs. Nogueira, clearly no such thing will be taking place.
Franklin is 2-3 in his last five fights with wins over Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva while falling to highly-skilled foes Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, and Dan Henderson. He holds a 28-6 record with an incredible twenty-five wins via some sort of stoppage.
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