Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is still recovering from a torn bicep in his right arm ahead of his rematch against Robbie Lawler next year.
Hendricks fought Lawler last March with the injury in his right arm and won a close decision to claim the welterweight belt. He has not fought a match since, but recently told MMA Fighting that his arm is "almost there."
"I'm lifting 100-pound weights. It's almost (at) 100 percent right now, and I still have a couple of weeks to work on it," said Hendricks. "I think in a couple of weeks when I go to the doctor, he's going to be very happy."
Hendricks said he watched the showdown between Lawler and Matt Brown last weekend, which Lawler won via decision to earn another title shot.
The champion admitted that he was torn between the two fighters as to who he wanted to fight next.
"Oh yeah, I can face Robbie Lawler healthy, (with) everything going right, get in there and see if it is as close a fight as it was the first time," said Hendricks. "Because I'm healthy, both arms are active, and I can do a lot more."
"Then again, there's a part of me that wanted to face somebody new, wanted to face Matt Brown," he also said. "Because you get to face somebody new, you get to try new skill sets and stuff like that."
"So it was a 50/50 toss-up on that one."
At the end of the day, however, Hendricks acknowledged that he ultimately had no say in who he will fight.
"Realistically… I'm paid to fight," he said.
Although he is still recovering from his arm injury, Hendricks is already looking forward to the rematch, especially as when the time comes to fight, he will be fully healthy.
"Now we get the rematch, and I'm sort of excited about that. Going into something healthy, with two arms, would be nice," he said.