As we speak, Johny Hendricks is about a month into his fight camp.
Never mind that the UFC welterweight champion doesn’t yet officially have an opponent for the first defense of his title. Never mind that, due to the fight company’s jam-packed pay-per-view schedule, Hendricks estimates he’s still five or six months away from returning to the cage.
What Hendricks does have is full medical clearance to resume training, after tearing his right bicep while beating Robbie Lawler to claim the vacant 170-pound strap back in March. The arm is now surgically repaired and duly rehabbed, so Hendricks and his team are using the extended break to put him through a “mini-camp”—a way of staying sharp and keeping his weight in check while making sure the arm is good as new.
“We’re just sort of fine tuning and trying to get a little bit better,” Hendricks tells Bleacher Report on Tuesday. “Now that we’ve got some time off I’m really focusing on putting some muscle back on that I lost (after) not being able to lift or work out or do anything for four months. We’re working on my hands, getting them better, and my kicks. There’s so many things I have to room focus on right now that I don’t even have to bother with, do I have a fight?”