Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin recently underwent minor surgery to repair a right-shoulder injury that had forced the fighter to pull out of his UFC 114 co-headliing bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this Saturday.
Griffin’s trainer, Jimmy Gifford, told The Las Vegas Sun that the surgery was “nothing crazy,” and offered a timetable for Griffin’s return.
“He’ll start physical therapy in six weeks and be on the shelf for 12 weeks,” said Gifford. “We’re not sure on a return, but October would be a good guess. Maybe late September.”
Gifford went on to note that Griffin would be willing to put off his return until December to have his return be in the United States.
Should that become official, Griffin could put off his return as far back as December to avoid the hassles of traveling overseas.
“(The UFC) usually does a November show in the U.S. and a December show in Vegas,” Gifford said. “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.”
Due to Griffin’s injury, Nogueira will now face Jason Brilz on the UFC 114 undercard.
UFC 114 takes place this Saturday, May 29th inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. FightLine.com will be providing live coverage of the event.