Johny Hendricks thinks he could come back by September, wants division to sort out a number one contender

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Johny Hendricks is optimistic that he can quickly return from his shoulder surgery while also looking at the time off as a chance for a true title contender to emerge.

Johny Hendricks is a week removed from shoulder surgery that sidelined him pretty much immediately following his UFC welterweight title win over Robbie Lawler.

Hendricks isn't looking at this time off as the worst thing. Aside from an opportunity to get his health right, he sees this as a chance for the division to sort out a contender.

MMA Junkie with the quotes:

"How many people in the last year were the No. 1 contender? Just one: It was me," Hendricks said. "That’s what you work for. You don’t work to be one of the four, one of the five or one of the six guys who think they deserve it and hopefully get picked. They should fight. Then instead of picking from four, you can pick from one or two. That’s what I’m looking at."

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"Realistically, it doesn’t matter to me," Hendricks said. "I don’t care who I fight. Now that I’m at the top, I know I’m going to have to run through everybody, and that’s what I plan on doing. Whoever the UFC thinks is the No. 1 contender, let’s fight them, get through them, and then move on to the next one."

As for his return, Hendricks is targeting somewhere from September to November, stressing that he believes he can make it back on the quicker end of the spectrum:

"I want to push myself to the limit, but I want to keep it within the doctor’s range," Hendricks said. "I’m saying I’ll return anywhere from September to November. I know that’s a huge spread, but if I’m healing up quickly, which I believe I’m going to, then September is easy. Then again, I don’t want to push it too quick because if I reinjure it, I’ll be out even longer."

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