Flyweight contender Demetrious Johnson will have to wait a little longer than anticipated to lock horns with fellow tournament finalist Joseph Benavidez after injuring his back last weekend in a winning performance against Ian McCall. McCall and Johnson faced off in headlining action at UFC on FX 3 where “Mighty Mouse” came out with his hand raised via decision, earning him a spot in a title-fight opposite Benavidez to crown the UFC’s first flyweight champion.
Johnson’s condition – a hernia – was revealed on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. The 25-year old was originally told the injury would require surgery, though a second doctor informed him he would not need to go under the knife prompting Johnson to seek an opinion from a third medical professional before committing to a recovery plan.
In an interview earlier this week on Inside MMA, Johnson addressed the matter, saying, “I don’t want to go off and fight and prolong it. It’s very uncomfortable when I’m standing here or doing anything. So I just wanna get it taken care of and be able move forward in my career and be able to get that strap around my waist.”
Regardless of his decision it is believed Johnson will only be out for a month before he is ready to return to full-speed training.
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