After undergoing back surgery in February of 2008, UFC middleweight Goran Reljic plans to finally make his octagon return sometime this year. Reljic made his UFC debut against Wilson Gouveia at UFC 84, where he won via TKO (strikes) in the second round. He was later scheduled to fight Thales Leites at UFC 90, but was forced off the fight card due to a back injury sustained during a training session. After months of rehabilitation, Reljic settled for back surgery. His manager Zoran Saric says that Reljic will now go through some light training before he is officially back for action. Saric believes that the Croatian fighter will be re-entering the octagon very soon.
Snip from Reljic’s manager, Zoran Saric:
“I have to be very specific on his programs for rehabilitation and training because he likes to train and spar like he fights…And human body is just not made to take pressure like that especially on back and joints where fighters get hurt the most. On the top of that he is such a talent that will be shame don’t see him fighting again, so Goran is coming back soon stronger and better than ever…UFC is waiting very patiently for his come back and I can’t tell [you] how much Goran is waiting to step in octagon again”