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Rich Franklin Out Until Late Summer 2012 Following Shoulder Surgery

It’s going to be awhile before we see Rich Franklin back in the Octagon.

Franklin’s management sent out a release today stating that Franklin successfully underwent shoulder surgery, but it will likely keep him out of action for almost another year.

“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 injured his shoulder, or more specifically tore his labrum, during grappling practice last month. He was scheduled to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133, but that fight got pulled when Lil Nog got injured. He was then rumored to fight Tito Ortiz sometime this fall, but his shoulder injury killed that possibility.

Hopefully, Franklin’s road to recovery will go smoothly and he’ll be back in action next summer. In the meantime, you can check out Ben Fowlkes’ piece on Rich Franklin’s first fight against a man known only by the name “Seymour.”

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