Last week, Rich Franklin went under a successful hernia surgery. He is expected to be back in the octagon sometime this spring.

Franklin was finally able to have the surgery done on January 12th, with a break in his busy public appearance and fight schedule.

Franklin’s business manager, J.T. Stewart, reported to Dayton Daily News;

“No complications, no surprises, he is fine.”

Recently, Franklin was asked to fight Forrest Griffin at UFC 106, but had to turn it down because of the upcoming surgery. Tito Ortiz took it instead, but officials say the fight between Franklin and Griffin could still happen this year.

Franklin said whenever he comes back he would still like to try and take the title, but this time for light heavyweight. Mostly, he just wants to please the fans though.

“If I can make a title run, that would be awesome,” Franklin said. “That would be a great Cinderella story for myself, especially for someone like me. I’m a third-string high school football player, and that’s my athletic history.

If I didn’t get another shot at the title, I would not lose any sleep over it. In between, if I’m putting on fights that fans want to see and that are exciting, that’s really what the goal is because I still love to compete. I haven’t lost that edge for competition.”