Forrest Griffin had to pull out of his UFC 70 fight with Lyoto Machida because of a grizzly staph infection back in April.
He's now set to return at UFC 72: "Victory" against hard-hitting Hector Ramirez on Saturday, June 16 in Belfast, northern Ireland.
However, according to a recent teleconference to promote the pay-per-view (PPV) event, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner from season one is still unwell.
Here's a quip:
"[My health] is horrible. I have herpes, hepatitis and all kinds of nasty shit. But as long as the blood tests work out...."
Griffin also touched on some non-adjustments he has made in training to ensure that he doesn't end up on his back staring up at lights, which happened against Keith Jardine in has last fight at UFC 66.
Here's another quip:
"I haven't made much changes. I dunno, I was thinking about defending against punches for a little bit.... I guess I don't have the chin I thought I did."
Of course, Griffin is being his usual sarcastic self. He certainly won't be cracking jokes, however, when the bell rings to start round one come June 16.
"Sick Dog" Ramirez is a tough dude who has been in against some notable opponents. He knocked out The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 middleweight winner Kendall Grove, as well as dropped a unanimous decision to Rashad Evans, not too long ago.
Expect Ramirez to come out and test Griffin's now "questionable" chin right off the bat.
For more comments from Griffin and Ramirez, as well as former middleweight champion Rich Franklin, check out the UFC 72 teleconference recap over at 411mania.com.