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Rich Franklin Out Two to Three Months from Shoulder Surgery

A shoulder injury recently suffered in training will force former UFC middleweight champion and current light heavyweight Rich Franklin to undergo surgery that will sideline him two to three months.

Franklin expects a full recovery from the “minor” surgery to repair a torn labrum, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

“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 a statement. “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 scheduled to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 in August before Nogueira was forced off the card with a shoulder injury of his own. UFC President Dana White recently said the UFC was considering pitting Franklin against Tito Ortiz, but that matchup will likely have to wait until early next year if it still materializes.

Franklin (28-6) dropped a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin in February at UFC 126 to fall to 3-3 in his last six bouts.

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