For Immediate Release:

October 13, 2011


Cincinnati, Ohio – Former UFC Middleweight
Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin underwent shoulder surgery yesterday to
repair his torn labrum, an injury that occurred during a grappling practice last
month. Franklin’s manager, JT Stewart, announced today the surgery was a
complete success and that he is expected to make a full recovery.
“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,” said
Stewart. “If everything goes as expected, UFC fans could see Rich Franklin back
in the Octagon in late summer.”

The surgery took place yesterday morning in
Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati. He will require several months of rehabilitation
before returning to a full mixed martial arts training schedule.
Franklin was scheduled to fight Antonio Rogerio
Nogueira as the co-main event of UFC 133, but the fight was pulled from the
card when it was announced that Nogueira was injured and unable to compete.
Franklin last fought at UFC 126 on February 5,
2011 in a light heavyweight bout against former 205-pound champion Forrest
Griffin.  Overall, he holds a record of 28-6-0, 1NC and has battled the
who’s who of fighting legends in the UFC including Chuck Liddell, Anderson
Silva, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Yushin Okami and Matt

Holding a Master’s Degree in Education, Franklin
was a high school Math teacher when he first started training in mixed martial
arts. After finding success as professional fighter, he eventually left his
career in education to pursue the sport full-time.  In 2005, he reached
the pinnacle in mixed martial arts when he defeated the late Evan Tanner to win
the UFC middleweight title.
Since then, Franklin has risen as one of the
most popular fighters in the world and a UFC fan favorite.  He serves as a
spokesperson for Disabled American Veterans, runs the successful lifestyle
brand of clothing “American Fighter” and has recently entered the
world of acting with roles in “Cyborg Soldier” and “The
In July, it was announced that Eric Eisner’s
Double E Pictures will produce a film chronicling the story of Franklin’s life
titled, “American Fighter.”
For more information about Rich “Ace”
Franklin, please visit, and and follow
on Twitter @followace.
Press Contact:

Jen Wenk, APR