The Las Vegas Sun has reported that former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be out of action until at least October. The article cites trainer Jimmy Gifford who says the fighter underwent minor surgery to correct a right-shoulder injury.
Griffin had been scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at this weekend’s UFC 114. However, Griffin pulled out of the bout on May 3 due to this injury. Nogueira will stay on the card and face Jason Brilz.
The Las-Vegas-based fighter quickly rose to prominence after winning the light heavyweight tournament of the very first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” After coaching against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on another season of the reality show, the two fought for the light heavyweight championship. Griffin won the fight and the belt in an upset. In his first title defense, he dropped the belt to Rashad Evans. He also holds a victory over current UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
According to the Las Vegas Sun article, Griffin fought his last bout with a pinched nerve, bruised rib and broken foot. He was still able to score a decision victory over former champion Tito Ortiz.