UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson aiming for mid-June return

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After pulling out of his April title fight with John Moraga due to a shoulder injury, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is set for surgery in Seattle and is hoping he can defend his title this summer.

The injury bug struck UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson last week. Mighty Mouse suffered a torn labrum while preparing for his title defense against John Moraga on April 13th. Obviously that fight is off the TUF 17 Finale card, and Johnson is set to have surgery this week in Seattle. In an interview with MMA Fighting's Dave Doyle, Johnson said that he could be ready to go by June:

Johnson will undergo surgery Thursday at Seattle's Swedish Hospital. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, if all goes well, the champ hopes to be back in action by mid-June.

"The doctor said I'll be in a sling for 3-4 days, after that just rehabbing," he said. "With rehab and a full training camp, you'll be ready to fight 100 percent in 8-12 weeks. ...

Mighty Mouse went into specifics as far as his target date, and he said June 15th, the day of UFC 161.

"You only get one body. It just so happens, Matt told me, ‘Your fights are not as hard as your training camps. Your training camps are the hardest things you can do for a fight.’ When I’m in training camp, I push my body to where I just get sore, and when I get into a fight, it shows, I never get tired. That’s why Matt made me do the surgery. He said, you could probably do this fight against John Moraga and you could possibly win it, or you could possibly lose it. I don’t want to take that risk. I want to have a full training camp going into a championship fight. This is not a joke, we take this very seriously. That’s why we decided to get the surgery. If things go well, I’m going to push for June 15."

If everything is successful and there are no major setbacks, then Mighty Mouse against Moraga would almost certainly be the main or co-main event of UFC 161.

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