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UFC Welterweight contender Johny Hendricks tells Ariel Helwani that he is confident he did not break his hand against Carlos Condit at UFC 158 and that he will be ready to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the title in August.
Following his UFC 158 win over Carlos Condit, Welterweight contender Johny Hendricks told the media he had injured, and possibly broken his left hand in the bout. Last night on UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani broke the news that Hendricks' injury might be less severe than initially feared (transcription via MMA Mania):
"Of course he had the big win on Saturday night, and after the win over Carlos Condit, he told us that he was afraid he may have broken his dangerous left hand. Well, that does not appear to be the case. I spoke to him today and he said he thinks what happened was he dislocated a couple of fingers early in the fight and then as the fight went on --of course it went the full 15-minutes-- it popped back into place. That's why he was feeling so much pain after the fight but right now he doesn't think he broke his hand and he's going to have an x-ray just to make sure everything's okay, but he's pretty confident there was no break. He's hoping that he'll get the title shot against GSP in August. He says he'll take it anywhere, anyplace, anytime. He's really still on cloud nine after getting the shot, he's in such a good mood right now."
Note that Hendricks still hasn't had an X-Ray so this might not be the last word. However, the Quebec authorities only placed him on a 14 day rest period rather than a medical suspension -- by comparison champion Georges St. Pierre was given a 28 day rest period -- so we might be looking at a GSP vs Hendricks title fight in late summer.