Winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter and former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin recently returned from a year long injury layoff to claim his second win in a row, over Rich Franklin. Unfortunately for the former Georgia cop, a broken right foot sustained in the fight will be keeping him out of action again, but for how long he recently told MMAFighting.com he is unsure.
“I don’t have a target date [for returning] in mind,” said Griffin. “I just want to get healthy, to get in the gym and enjoy training, have some fun, and when I’m ready, I’m ready. Right now, I can’t jump rope or run. I tried grappling [last week] but it was a bad idea. I wasn’t ready. Just pushing off with it hurt.”
Griffin does not have an opponent in mind for when he does return, but he does know that he wants to take on someone who will progress him on his arduous journey back to the light heavyweight title.
“I want to make a run in that direction, stack a couple wins together and let’s see what happens,” he said. “The mountain is tall. It’s huge. I mean, look at the guys in the division. Lots of good guys. There’s really no alternative. What are you going to do? Take a pay cut and fight lesser names? Might as well fight these good guys and see what happens.”