In an interview with Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten on Inside MMA, UFC flyweight Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson stated that he will need some time to get healthy after his recent unanimous decision victory over Ian McCall, which earnedhim the right to face Joseph Benavidez for the promotion’s inaugural flyweight champ.
“I had stitches, I had a hematoma on my shin, and I went to the doctor today and I’m going to have small procedure surgery on Friday. I suffered a hernia during the fight, so I’ll be out for maybe two weeks,” said Johnson.
“Mighty Mouse” also informed Rice and Rutten that the considerably short recovery time, as well as the physical discomfort were factors in electing to carry out the procedure, rather than get right back to training for Benavidez.
“I don’t want to prolong it (surgery), because it’s very uncomfortable. When I’m just standing here or doing anything, so I just want to get it taken care of and move forward in my career and get that strap around my waist.”
While a date has not been announced for the UFC’s flyweight championship bout between Benavidez and Johnson, this brief setback does not push the rumored month of September out of the question.