UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson Undergoes Successful Shoulder Surgery

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 10, 2018

Demetrious Johnson underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday to fix an issue that had been giving him pain since December.

The UFC flyweight champion revealed via Twitter that the procedure was a success. It is unclear of the severity of the ailment. No timetable has been set for Johnson’s Octagon return.

“I’ve been having pain since December, I grappled nine rounds straight, the next day both shoulders blew up, inflammation and I’m trying to get this thing taken care of,” Johnson wrote in an Instagram post that was deleted after he underwent surgery.

Johnson last appeared at UFC 216, where he authored a 2017 “Submission of the Year” with a fifth-round armbar of Ray Borg to break Anderson Silva’s record for most consecutive successful title defenses. “Mighty Mouse” is expected to defend his belt next against reigning bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw at some point in 2018. However, Johnson rejected a proposed matchup with Dillashaw last year before targeting a showdown with Borg.


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