Veteran UFC fighter Rich Franklin faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines before he can return to the Octagon after undergoing surgery on a torn shoulder labrum injury he suffered in training.

“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,” his manager JT Stewart said.

“If everything goes as expected, UFC fans could see (him) back in the Octagon in late summer.”

It’s unfortunate as Franklin is now in the twilight years of his career having just turned 37 earlier this month, and has spent more time on the treatment table than in the cage lately, competing just once a year in both 2010 and 2011.

He had been expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133 back in August, but Lil Nog pulled out due to an injury of his own and Franklin had been expected to compete at an event later in the year before picking up the injury.

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