While the injury is mild enough not to hold up the division too much it looks like we'll have some more title eliminators from the top contenders.Johny Hendricks is riding a wave of momentum after beating Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 on Saturday, but an injury will leave him on the shelf for the immediate future.
According to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, Hendricks has been diagnosed with a torn bicep, which will require surgery:
More on Hendricks. Rehab 4 wks after surgery, 4 wks of rehab (if all goes well) and hopefully start traning again in 2+ months.
That choice showed the toughness of "Big Rigg," and the fact that he was able to defeat a quality fighter like Lawler via unanimous decision despite being injured says a lot about Hendricks' ability.
Hendricks' status as the UFC welterweight champion could potentially be in question because of this injury, but he shouldn't miss a fight provided the injury heals as expected.
Although Hendricks should make sure that he is 100 percent before stepping back into the octagon, he has already proven that he is willing to fight through the pain in order to perform.
After Hendricks' gutsy showing at UFC 171, there is no doubt that UFC fans hope all goes well with his surgery and subsequent recovery.