The former UFC light heavyweight champion has completed surgery for his shoulder and will undergo physical therapy for the next month and half. Although no official date has been set as far as his Octagon return, Griffin is expected to fight by late 2010.
Griffin was supposed to fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as part of the upcoming UFC 114 co-main event. However, he was forced off of the fight card due to a shoulder injury he suffered during a training session. Jason Brilz came in to replace the injured Griffin and will be fighting Nogueira this Saturday night. Michael Bisping vs. Jason Miller would take that co-main event position.
From Forrest Griffin’s trainer, Jimmy Gifford:
“He saw a specialist in Los Angeles and had it worked on. It was minor surgery, nothing crazy. He’ll start physical therapy in six weeks and be on the shelf for 12 weeks. We’re not sure on a return, but October would be a good guess. Maybe late September…. He ended up saying he couldn’t do it and I told him, ‘Forrest, I told you that three weeks ago.’ For us to even have that conversation shows another step in his professionalism. There comes a time when a fighter has to say to himself, ‘I’m a pro. I still want to do this for awhile. I have to stay healthy.’ But I know it killed him to pull out. The UFC usually does a November show in the U.S. and a December show in Vegas. Rather than go oversees, we’ll maybe do a November or December date. He can’t stand the travel and he loves fighting in Las Vegas.”