UFC Champion Johny HendricksNew UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks may be excited to have the belt wrapped around his waist, but it will be a while before he’ll be able to defend it.

Hendricks on The MMA Hour on Monday revealed that he had been close to pulling out of his UFC 171 title bout with Robbie Lawler due to a biceps injury, but the championship meant too much to him. He instead soldiered on and won the belt in a grueling five-round bout.

Appearing on KROQ radio in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Hendricks, according to MMAFighting.com, said that he is scheduled to have surgery on the torn biceps muscle on Monday. Granted the surgery goes as planned, he will be sidelined for four weeks, which will then be followed by another four weeks of rehabilitation.

Hendricks suffered the injury about two weeks prior to the fight with Lawler, but, as mentioned, he declined to cancel the fight.

Hendricks’ manager, Ted Ehrhardt, reportedly told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that his fighter also suffered a hairline fracture to his left shin during the fight. He indicated a “lengthy recovery period” for the shin injury.

UFC officials have yet to name a clear No. 1 contender to Hendricks’ shiny new belt. There are several contenders – Tyron Woodley, Rory MacDonald, and Hector Lombard chief among them – so Hendricks being sidelined might provide the promotion and the fighters with the incentive to put a match-up together to declare a definite No. 1 contender.

Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley anyone?

A request for comment from Hendricks’ manager went unreturned at the time of publication.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Mandy Polk Leveraging Her Competitive Fitness Background Heading into V3 Fights | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago

Mandy Polk hopes to leverage her competitive fitness background to ensure her success at V3 Fights on Saturday. read news >>

Kevin Lee says he's fighting Magomed Mustafaev at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast

  • 24 days ago

Next month’s UFC Fight Night 99 fight card apparently has a new addition.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 96 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 204

  • 24 days ago

UFC Fight Night 96 is in the books. Saturday's results are as follows: John Lineker defeats John Dodson by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) Alex Oliveira defeats Will Brooks by TKO at 3:30 of the read news >>

Michael Bisping: The Pressure is On! | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago

Heading into his UFC 204 showdown with Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping admits there is massive pressure on his shoulders. read news >>

Fans invited to UFC 204 open workouts, weigh-ins, autograph sessions, Q&A event

  • 23 days ago

Heading to UFC 204 this week? Before Saturday’s event, you can attend some fight-week festivities.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Paul Daley vs. Derek Anderson slated for Bellator 163 in Connecticut

  • 23 days ago

Paul Daley finally has an opponent for next month’s Bellator 163 event.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Burmese Middleweight Aung La Nsang Excited to be Fighting in Yangon Again | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago

Fighting in Myanmar has always been a dream for Aung La Nsang. The Burmese fighter is excited to get a second opportunity in his homeland. read news >>

'UFC 204 Embedded,' headlining fighters get family time before heading to England

  • 22 days ago

The UFC returns to England this week for UFC 204, and the promotion is rolling out the “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Manchester Arena.Filed under: News, UFC, read news >>

Dan Henderson Recounts the Highlight of His MMA Career | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago

Heading into what he plans to be his final fight, Dan Henderson recounted what he considers to the be the highlight of his MMA career. read news >>

Michael Bisping Feeling 'Massive Pressure' for Dan Henderson Rematch | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago

Middleweight champion Michael Bisping feels "massive pressure" heading into his first title defense against Dan Henderson in the UFC 204 main event on Saturday. read news >>