Ariel Helwani was offering up all sorts of insider information on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday, including updates on champions Chris Weidman and Johny Hendricks.
Weidman was recently forced to postpone his planned title defense with Lyoto Machida to July after deciding on knee surgery. The UFC middleweight champion is expecting to be ready for the summer event.
“He’s in relatively good spirits. He’s been battling knee problems since high school. He’s had meniscal tears in both his knees since high school,” Helwani stated. “It’s something he’s been battling throughout his career. About every six months, the left one would get locked up. It just happened twice in the last week and swelled up and has been painful.
“So he decided get it cleaned up and get a scope of the left knee and while he was at it, he decided to get the right one cleaned out as well, which was operated on in high school. He’s having surgery on Tuesday.
“They’re anticipating a four-week recovery and don’t expect any problems to be ready for the fight on July 5.”
Hendricks, who won the welterweight title earlier this month, underwent surgery Monday on a torn bicep. He is targeting a return to action before the end of the year.
“He just had successful bicep surgery on Monday. He’s back home feeling good,” Helwani said. “He has a four-to-eight-week recovery and then right back to training, hoping to fight later this year.”
As for future fights, reports are circulating that Daniel Cormier will meet Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante on the same July card as Weidman-Machida, while Demian Maia will take on Mike Pierce in Brazil this May.
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