Former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin was forced to withdraw from a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114 due to a shoulder injury back in May, and since then there’s been little indication of when he will return to the octagon.

On the latest edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour show earlier this week Griffin gave the latest info on his expected return.

“My goal right now is to win a fight before the end of the year,” The TUF Season1 winner said. “The last fight they asked me who I wanted to fight, I said I don’t care who but I would really want to fight in Las Vegas and they gave me that and I backed out of that fight.  So, I kind of feel like they gave me what I asked for and I backed out, so I’m kind of at their mercy.”

Griffin is still recovering from surgery he had on his shoulder, and says that it’s still not fully healed, admitting that it’s, “70-ish,” percent at this stage.

In the interview Griffin, who’s undoubtedly been in a few wars over the years, spoke about retirement, and stated that he’d like to retire in around five years time.

“I’ve only been fighting twice a year for the past couple of years.  I’m just kind of listening to my body.”

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