The eye injury that made Johny Hendricks (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) see double during a fight with Josh Koscheck is already a concern of the past.
Hendricks was inadvertently poked by Koscheck (17-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) in the first round of their fight at UFC on FOX 3, and he received an indefinite suspension pending an opthalmological exam.
But the fighter recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio
) that he's been cleared to fight. Now, the issue is when he'll do so.
As Hendricks earlier told MMAjunkie.com, a title fight is a lottery ticket he'd like to cash, even if that means waiting for the winner of Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit.
The fight, which promises to unify St-Pierre's undisputed title with Condit's interim strap, is targeted for November but by no means confirmed. And there are more than a few welterweights who might have something to say about Hendricks getting first crack, including Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann, who meet on June 1 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.
Hendricks could be on the bench a minimum of 11 months as the title picture sorts itself out, but that's not a prospect that daunts him.
On the other hand, he's willing to step up earlier if he and his managers reach a "mutual understanding" with the UFC.
"I'm a UFC fighter," Hendricks said. "I'm paid to fight. I'm not paid to say this or that. I want something, but that might not be the best thing for me.
"That's where my management group and (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and the UFC, that's what they do. I'm paid to fight. You tell me when and where and I'm going to be doing it."
Hendricks earned another key win with a split decision nod over Koscheck at this month's event, which fell short of ratings expectations, but advanced the welterweight and lightweight divisions. The event saw Nate Diaz crowned a contender with a submission of Jim Miller in the headliner.
Prior to besting Koscheck, Hendricks delivered a blistering 12-second knockout of top-ranked Jon Fitch at UFC 141. Unbeaten in all but one professional bout, "Bigg Rigg" trains in Arlington, Texas, under the eye of veteran trainer Mark Laimon and others.
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