According to MMAJunkie, Rich “Ace” Franklin has torn his meniscus in his knee and will have to have surgery to repair the injury.
Franklin was rumored to be fighting at UFC 82 in his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, but this injury will force him out of the cage until June.
According to J.T. Stewart, Franklin’s publicity manager, the 33-year-old fighter recently experienced swelling of his knee – the same knee in which he tore a meniscus “several years ago” in a UFC match. His doctor determined that floating particles from the first injury had caused swelling, and while examining the knee, he realized Franklin had again suffered a similar tear.
The UFC’s former middleweight champ will fly to Las Vegas for corrective surgery, which will take place during the first week of January.
Franklin expects to return to the octagon sometime in or around June, Stewart said.