Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin had to drop out of his fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueria due to a shoulder problem. While many hoped that Griffin’s injury was short time, the Las Vegas Times reports that Griffin will in fact need surgery after all.
“He saw a specialist in Los Angeles and had it worked on,” said Griffin’s trainer, Jimmy Gifford. “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.”
The former champion is coming off of a victory over Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, and many wonder who Griffin could fight in his return. Some say Jon Jones if he wins his upcoming fight, while some are talking up a possible fight against the winner of the upcoming Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin fight.