UFC champ Johny Hendricks eyeing late-2014 return following bicep surgery


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks may soon be back in the gym.

After undergoing successful bicep surgery in late-March following his title-winning performance over Robbie Lawler at UFC 171, Hendricks is expected to be able to return to light training in three weeks, his manager Ted Erhardt told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.

According to Erhardt, Hendricks' rehab has thus far gone as well as expected. The man they call "Bigg Rigg" is now hoping to stage the first defense of his newly minted UFC welterweight title in mid- to late-2014, with a date ranging from September to November depending on his recovery and the UFC's autumn schedule.

Hendricks (16-2) initially injured his right bicep two weeks out from his bout against Lawler. The injury nearly forced Hendricks to withdraw from UFC 171, however he elected to fight, and went on to further aggravate the injury during a striking exchange midway through the first round of the contest.

"Throwing a hook," Hendricks explained on The MMA Hour. "And whenever I threw a hook it just spazzed out. I don't know what happened. I felt my arm actually pop."

Hendricks also suffered a fractured shin during the first round of the bout, which he won via unanimous decision to claim the vacant UFC welterweight title, although that injury did not require surgery.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 10 days ago
  • 670 views

UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks can point to one reason why he thinks a rematch with now-retired titleholder Georges St-Pierre is in the future.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos more

  • 29 days ago
  • 41 views

Rumor has it that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has spent some of his time away from the cage adding some extra muscle.
St-Pierre first got the rumor-mill going when he posted this photo, captioned "Working on putting on some muscle mass," onto his Instagram profile: MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani later confirmed on Twitter. It turns out that current UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks doesn’t care—there’s no way he sees himself losing to St-Pierre, 200 pounds or not, for more

  • 29 days ago
  • 63 views

UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks cleared to begin training and is looking forward to working his way through the contenders in the division. With his time on the sidelines close to running out, Johny Hendricks is looking forward to getting back into the octagon to defend his title.
The welterweight champion may have won the title very recently in his last octagon outing, but he believes that contest against Robbie Lawler served as his first title defense because he was robbed of the tit more

  • 6 days ago
  • 20 views

Nick Diaz has signed a contract to return to the UFC. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion sign the deal Thursday at UFC headquarters and is eyeing a 2015 return. more

  • 27 days ago
  • 112 views

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes said back in February that he'd be surprised to see fellow former champion Georges St-Pierre actually make a return to the Octagon. Now, Hughes is urging his former rival to make his competitive hiatus permanent.
"The UFC would hate me saying this but I'm going to say it anyway," Hughes told Canada.com (via MMA Mania). "If I was GSP, I'd probably hang them up. Here I am a guy that lost my (last) two fights and I'd love to get back in there (to finish more

  • 16 days ago
  • 51 views

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra knows exactly why the emotions recently got to fellow ex-titleholder B.J. Penn after his final fight.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos more

  • 10 days ago
  • 323 views

From Yahoo Sports: Hendricks has had plenty of time to think about Georges St-Pierre and all other comers while recovering from a bicep injury. more

  • 5 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has Reebok. Now, Robbie Lawler, the division’s potential No. 1 contender, has Adidas. more

  • 29 days ago
  • 26 views

UFC welterweight kingpin Johny Hendricks drops in for an update on his injury status, but also adds, "If Dana says, ‘Johny, want to fight Chris Weidman?’ I’m not going to say no.” more