Popular, charismatic and tough UFC light heavyweight contender Forrest Griffin has met his match, pulling out of his UFC 70 fight against Lyoto Machida because of a staph infection, according to UFC.com.
Here's the snip:
"Light heavyweight contender Forrest Griffin has been sidelined by a severe staph infection in his knee and today was forced to withdraw from his UFC 70 bout with Lyoto Machida."
Bad news for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one 205-pound champ, who was looking to redeem himself after a disheartening loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 66 on December 30.
It must be a serious case if he needs to withdraw more than five weeks out.
The match up was one of the marquee bouts on the card, which will air via tape delay on SpikeTV on April 21 from the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N.) Arena in England.
A replacement for Griffin has been named. However, Jardine would be a nice choice -- he's currently rumored to be fighting on the UFC 71 card in May.