("Could you make it out to ‘the guy that ended my career’?")
According to Rich Franklin‘s business manager, J.T. Stewart the former UFC middleweight champion will not require surgery for the broken ulna he sustained in his UFC 115 knockout win over Chuck Liddell last month.
Stewart told MMAJunkie that Franklin could be back in the Octagon as soon as December.
"He needed to make sure it healed correctly," Stewart said. "He was feeling good. A few days before (the doctor’s appointment), he was telling some people, ‘I don’t think I’m going to need surgery. It’s feeling pretty good.’"
"If it hadn’t healed correctly, they would have had to probably re-break or reset it and put it back in a big cast," Stewart said. "It would have been a setback."
Franklin is raffling off the pink cast that was removed this week and is signed by both himself and Liddell. Tickets are $5 each and are available via www.americanfighter.com. The proceeds will benefit breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
Although it’s an odd piece of memorabilia, it’s for a worthy cause. I don’t know why, but I imagine a creepy Buffalo Bill-like superfan wearing it around the house along with a pair of fight-worn shorts and a self-inflicted shiner.
The replacement cast, Stewart says will stay on for another month and will prevent the perpetually active 35-year-old from weight training until it is removed.
"He’s not real happy about that," Stewart said. "But it could have been worse."
Stewart says that his charge is chomping at the bit to get back into the Octagon and that the win over Liddell should raise Franklin’s stock in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
"I think he’s definitely motivated," Stewart said. "I think he was excited about how the (UFC 115) fight ended and that it was Chuck Liddell, a legend and Hall of Famer who’s so well-respected. Rich respects him a lot."