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Rich Franklin Manages To Avoid Surgery… For Now

Rich Franklin pulled off one of the biggest victories of his career when he knocked out Chuck Liddell in the main event of UFC 115 this past weekend. As noted earlier this week, Franklin scored the knockout after breaking his left ulna when blocking one of Liddell’s kicks early in the fight and noted on his Twitter account that he would be casted for the next two months.

Franklin’s manager Monte Cox told that Franklin will wait for three weeks with his arm in a cast to see if his left ulna heals naturally on its own. The injury will be reassessed following that period and it will then be determined if surgery will be needed. Regardless, Franklin will remain in a cast for the next two months.

Despite the injury, Franklin noted after the bout with Liddell that he would have continued fighting if the bout had went beyond the first round.

“I was just happy the fight was over because I knew my arm was broken, but I definitely wasn’t going to quit,” said Franklin. “I’ve broken bones before and continued fighting, but there was a part of me that was wondering what kind of strategy I was going to use to win the fight with a broken left arm.”