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Forrest Griffin Undergoes Surgery, UFC Return Likely for November or December

Forrest GriffinFormer UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin has undergone minor surgery to repair a shoulder injury that forced him to withdraw earlier this month from a matchup with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Saturday’s UFC 114, and expects to fight again in November or December.

“He’ll start physical therapy in six weeks and be on the shelf for 12 weeks,” Griffin’s manager, Jimmy Gifford, told the Las Vegas Sun. “We’re not sure on a return, but October would be a good guess. Maybe late September. … 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,” Gifford said. “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.”

Griffin (17-6) rebounded from back-to-back losses to Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva with a split decision win over Tito Ortiz in November.

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