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.