Following a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 over the weekend, Johny Hendricks not only ended up on the wrong end of a split decision, he also wound up on the Nevada State Athletic Commission medically suspended list.
Hendricks mentioned an issue with his right knee in his post-fight medical examination at the arena, so Nevada officials determined that he needed to go get it cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he would have to sit on the sidelines until May 17, 2014.
It’s a common practice for any medical issue a fighter might have that is difficult to fully assess with the limited resources on site after a fight.
Hendricks on Wednesday, however, told UFC Tonight, “I played golf today. My knee is fine.”
He could have avoided having to get clearance had he not said anything, but Hendricks knows that sometimes that can be to an athlete’s detriment.
“It was just something that I told the Nevada State Commission. If anything bothers me, I’m going to tell them because wrestlers, sometimes we’re too tough for our own good. So I told them about my knee just because I knew that it would make me get it checked out.”
Hendricks doesn’t expect any issues, and should get clearance to return well before the possible six-month duration the athletic commission issued.