Hendricks aims for full health by JulyApril 16, 2014 « Froch-Groves II gets 20,000 more seats | Test Wayin World Cup »
UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks hopes to get the brace protecting his surgically repaired torn right biceps off in three weeks and is aiming to be fully healthy by late June or early July.
Hendricks said he knew his arm didn't feel right when he attempted his first takedown in his title bout with Robbie Lawler at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in March.
Hendricks told ESPN in March that he felt something in the arm during his last day of sparring prior to the fight. He also fractured his shin during the victory over Lawler.
"Anytime you go in a fight you try to get in there as injury-free as you can because training is so hard," Hendricks said.
"Whenever you train it's not as if you go in there 100 percent; it's as close as you can get to that. Whenever you're in the fight I could tell something was wrong but you have to put that to the back of your mind.
"It's just like if a game plan fails you don't explode right there you just say, 'All right, that happened, how I modify my game plan.' "
Hendricks is waiting to see which contender might step up to earn a title shot against him, when he's ready to fight. He said in March he was aiming for a fall return to the Octagon, possibly as late as November.
This article originally appeared on ESPN.com