According to a report from the Las Vegas Sun, Forrest Griffin recently underwent minor shoulder surgery to repair an old injury he reaggravated in the lead-up to his scheduled UFC 114 fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueria.
The Las Vegas-based news outlet spoke with Griffin's trainer Jimmy Gifford about the procedure and what is a likely timetable for his return.
"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."
The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion sustained a shoulder injury in the beginning of May that kept him from competing against Pride FC import "Lil Nog" in the co-main event at UFC 114: "Rampage vs. Evans" which is set for later this week.
Griffin most recently rebounded from an embarrassing knockout loss at the hands of Anderson Silva to avenge a 2006 defeat to Tito Ortiz, outpointing "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" en route to a split decision victory in the main event of UFC 106 last November.
The win snapped a two-fight losing streak that began when he coughed up the 205-pound strap to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 in December 2008.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on Forrest Griffin's return from injury including date, event, and opponent announcements.