Rich Franklin hasn’t fought since a February loss to Forrest Griffin and the former UFC champion won’t return to the Octagon until “late summer” in 2012 after undergoing successful shoulder surgery on Wednesday.
“I spoke with Rich, he’s feeling great and as soon as the doctor gives him the go-ahead, he’s ready to start training again,” manager JT Stewart said in a release. “If everything goes as expected, UFC fans could see Rich Franklin back in the Octagon in late summer.”
Franklin was scheduled to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 in August, but was pulled from the card after Nogueira was injured and a suitable replacement couldn’t be found on short-notice. Franklin tore his labrum in grappling practice the following and will now require several months of rehab before returning to full training.
Franklin (28-6) has alternated wins and losses since leaving the middleweight division in the wake of his second loss to champion Anderson Silva in 2007, scoring wins over Matt Hamill, Wanderlei Silva, and Chuck Lidell while dropping bouts to Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, and Griffin.