The “Will he / Won’t he” guessing game regarding Rich Franklin’s participation at UFC 82 has ended with the sloppy crunchy pop of a torn meniscus:
According to J.T. Stewart, Franklin’s publicity manager, the 33-year-old fighter recently experienced swelling of his knee â€” 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.
Of course, this was following Rich’s cryptic denial that he was fighting Travis Lutter in Columbus anyways:
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.
I don’t know who said anything about Rich fighting twice in one night … maybe it’s some random hater who shouts obscenities at Rich when he’s wandering around Cincinnati. Are we to expect a follow up note from Rich saying “And I want to state that I do not eat testicles for breakfast, and I have no intention of riding a pogostick sideways up my ass.”
It is interesting to note that no one backed off their original claims that Rich had agreed to fight. In fact, MMAJunkie re-iterated in their post about Rich’s injury that it occurred one day after Rich had signed the bout contract. Such a tangled web of lies weaved between fighters and the mma media. Perhaps Rich forgot to mention the fight to his wife before it broke on the internets. And perhaps she had been promised a ‘nice big vacation’ before he agreed to fight again. And perhaps Rich’s knee injury is a result of her smoking him in the knee with a hammer a la ‘Misery’. Stranger things have happened.