It seems that a potential fight between former champion Rich Franklin and fellow middleweight Travis Lutter might be happening after all.
Despite suffering a torn meniscus that is supposed to keep him out of action for six months, The Fight Network reported yesterday on their radio show that Franklin is planning a return against Lutter at the UFC’s scheduled show in Montreal.
After doing some research, it is possible for Franklin to be healthy in time for the fight. In some cases, depending on the overall health of the person, one could bounce back and return to active competition in just 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery. With Franklin being the level of athlete he is, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin will be sidelined for up to six months after suffering a torn meniscus according to a report from MMA Junkie.
Despite refuting various reports that he was fighting at UFC 82 in March, Franklin reportedly signed on to fight Travis Lutter at the event yesterday and was forced to pull out of the bout earlier this morning. Franklin will undergo surgery on the injury next month.
Apparently the injury occurred in the same knee that Franklin hurt earlier in his career:
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.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin says that his “rumored” fight against Travis Lutter at UFC 82 is not official, refuting various reports that were made earlier this week.
Franklin addressed the rumors in a statement on his official website earlier today:
I am told there are rumors of me fighting multiple people in March. I have not signed for a fight in March. I don’t believe that I am allowed to fight more than once in a night. I hope this clears up any confusion. I have not signed to fight anyone in March, or any other month.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin will return to action in March when he takes on Travis Lutter at UFC 82.
The news comes from a report by MMA Mania via Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer.
Franklin is coming off of his second straight loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 77 in October. Franklin is currently filming the film “Weapon” alongside former Saved by the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen. He will be playing a kidnapped genetically-engineered soldier.
Lutter has not fought since putting on an impressive showing in a loss to Silva as well at UFC 67 in February. The fight would have been for the UFC middleweight title but Lutter failed to make weight. Lutter was slated to take on Ryan Jensen at UFC 74 but was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a neck injury during training.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin has been offered a fight against TUF 4 winner Travis Lutter at UFC 82 in March according to a report from MMA Junkie.
The news comes from J.T. Stewart who currently serves as Franklin’s business manager.
According to Stewart, Franklin has been offered a fight against Lutter but has not yet accepted it:
”(Rich) has been asked about fighting Travis Lutter in March,” said J.T. Stewart, Franklin’s business manager at American Fighter Management. “The fight has been proposed, and we’re assessing it.“
Stewart went on to say that Franklin may not take the fight due to a busy schedule and lack of training. Stewart also revealed that Franklin had signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC prior to his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 77 in October. The new deal will apparently go into effect for Franklin’s next bout.
Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer is reporting that Thales Leites will replace an injured Travis Lutter as Ryan Jensen’s opponent at UFC 74 on August 25th.
Travis Lutter is off the 8/25 UFC show in Las Vegas due to a bulging disc in his neck. Ryan Jensen’s new opponent is Thales Leites.
Lutter announced yesterday that he had suffered a neck injury during a recent training session and decided that he wouldn’t be able to heal in time to fight.
Leites is currently riding a two-fight win streak with his most recent victory coming over Floyd Sword at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Leites made his UFC debut at The Ultimate FIghter 4 Finale, dropping an unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann. Leites bounced back with a decision win over Pete Sell at UFC 69.
In a recent blog entry, UFC middleweight Travis Lutter announced that he re-aggravated a pre-existing neck injury and has withdrawn from his fight against Kyle Jensen at UFC 74: Respect.
Saturday July 28th I was training and reagrivated a old injury. After giving my neck a chance to heal I decided I was not going to be healed in time for the fight. I would like to thank all the people that were helping me prepare for this fight and I look forward to fighting in the near future.
News and Notes
- Travis Lutter failed to make weight at the weigh-ins yesterday coming in at 186.5 lbs so the fight is now a three round non-title fight.
- Matt Lindland added another solid win to his record last night when he submitted former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton.
- Tonight UFC 67: All or Nothing will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’. Be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST for blow by blow coverage.
- The odds on Cro Cop vs. Sanchez are unreal. Take a look at this:
At the Mandalay Sports Book, you had to lay down US$1,000 just to make $100 on a Filipovic win. A $100 bet on Sanchez, in contrast, would win you $600.
- Hammer House member Rob Wince suffered a tragic loss on Wensday evening when he found his son dead in the basement of his house. His son accidentally killed himself by playing the ‘choking game’. Our thoughts go out to the Wince family during this tough time.
MMA on Tap: UFC 67: All or Nothing Preview
Canada.com: Cro Cop: Fighter-turned-politician makes UFC debut Saturday night in Las Vegas
Sherdog: Lindland Stops Newton
Travis Lutter failed to make weight on his final attempt coming in at 186.5 lbs. The fight has been changed from a title bout to a three round non-title fight.
Update: 9:41 PM Lutter has confirmed that was unable to make weight and the fight is now a three-round non-title fight. It’ll be interesting to see if the UFC switches up the fight order now to make “Cro Cop” vs. Sanchez or Jackson vs. Eastman as the main-event.
Update: 5:33 AM The UFC has sent out a notice to all of their fans, here it is:
Lutter misses weight, plans to win against Silva, even though just a pound and a half keeps the fight from being a title fight.
Despite two tries at the scale, TUF 4 winner Travis Lutter will not be challenging for Anderson Silva’s UFC Middleweight Championship Saturday night after coming in at a final weight of 186.5 pounds, a pound and a half over the 185-pound middleweight limit. Lutter’s first attempt at making weight was 187 pounds, and after two hours he was only able to lose a half-pound. Tomorrow’s UFC 67: All or Nothing main event will now be a three round non-title match, with Lutter being fined 10% of his purse by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (5% going to Silva, 5% to the NSAC).
Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 67: All or Nothing.
Main Card Bouts:
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez
Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter
Quinton Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman
Roger Huerta vs. John Halverson
Scott Smith vs. Patrick Cote
Ryoto Machida vs. Sam Hoger
Tyson Griffin vs. Frank Edgar
Jorge Rivera vs. Terry Martin
Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva
Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.