After a 14 month absence due to injury, Forrest Griffin got back on track with a win over Rich Franklin at UFC 126 earlier this month, but he’s now back on the treatment table once again.
A broken right foot, the same one as he broke in his fight Tito Ortiz in his previous fight, means he won’t be able to get back into the Octagon in the near future.
“I don’t have a target date [for returning] in mind,” Griffin tells MMAFighting. “I just want to get healthy, to get in the gym and enjoy training, have some fun, and when I’m ready, I’m ready. Right now, I can’t jump rope or run,” he continued. “I tried grappling [last week] but it was a bad idea. I wasn’t ready. Just pushing off with it hurt.”
When he does get back into action however, another crack at the light-heavyweight title which he briefly held in 2008, is now on his radar.
“I want to make a run in that direction, stack a couple wins together and let’s see what happens,” he said. “The mountain is tall. It’s huge. I mean, look at the guys in the division. Lots of good guys. There’s really no alternative. What are you going to do? Take a pay cut and fight lesser names? Might as well fight these good guys and see what happens.”
After wins over Ortiz and Franklin he’s certainly back in the mix, and it’s worth remembering that apart from Lyoto Machida, he’s the only other fighter to have beaten current champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in the UFC.
He’s right to assume it might take another high profile fight or two before he’s ready though, given that both Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Rashad Evans appear to be vying for the No.1 contenders spot to take on the winner of Shogun Vs Jon Jones.