Freshly-minted UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (pictured) will undergo surgery to repair his torn bicep Monday. If rehab goes according to plan, “Bigg Rigg” can resume training in two months.
Hendricks revealed his injury during Wednesday’s radio interview with KROQ in Los Angeles. According to reporter Ariel Helwani, Hendricks also suffered a hairline fracture in his left shin.
Hendricks captured the vacant 170-pound crown Georges St-Pierre voluntarily left behind to take a break from MMA Saturday by surviving a hotly contested shootout with Robbie Lawler at UFC 171. Hendricks took the first two rounds, but was battered in the following two periods.
Despite being out on his feet in the third stanza and having no momentum entering the fifth frame, the bearded brawler dug deep and took it to Lawler in the final round for a unanimous decision victory.
Hendricks reportedly tore his bicep prior to their 25-minute scrap.
Today’s news is far from disastrous for the UFC. Hendricks shouldn’t be out too long, but long enough where the division’s potential contenders will likely have to take another fight.
With no clear-cut #1 contender available, it allows the bunch to rightfully fight and earn their next dibs status.
The welterweight division hasn’t been this wide open since GSP cemented his spot atop the throne in April 2008. Hendricks’ injury could be a blessing in disguise.