Demetrious Johnson Talks About His Return At UFC on FOX 8
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.29.2013
He hopes he's healthy by then...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) talked about his return for what he hopes is UFC on FOX 8 in July. He had successful shoulder surgery earlier this month.
He said: "We're right on track to hopefully fight on that card. I'm not going to rush my rehab so I can fight on that card. But right now, I think four months out for that card is good."
He said he doesn't care if it's a main event spot or a co-main event spot, if a headliner is needed. He also has six weeks of rehab coming up and his wife is set to give birth to a son one week before the event. UFC on FOX 8 will take place on July 27 at KeyArena in Seattle. But he will be induced before he steps into the Octagon.
He added: "We were scared that I was going to miss the baby's birth, but it gives me an opportunity to be home. Everything will be fine."
He was set to defend his title against John Moraga (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on April 13 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, but he had three labrum tears when pain in training resulted in an MRI. He took pain pills (which he says he hates) for three days to help healing after surgery. He is going to rehab twice a week and does exercises twice a day at home.
If he can train in six weeks without pain, he will be able to fight at the event. He suspects that Moraga will be his opponent.
He said: "As long as my shoulder doesn't hurt, (trainer) Matt (Hume) will make the decision and let the UFC know we want on that card. The UFC already knows we do, but we want to see how rehab goes first. I would love to headline, but at the same time, I know they have to get ticket sales ready. If they can wait until I'm A-OK, then I'd love to headline the card, but I don't want them to wait on me. As long as I can fight, I'll be happy."