By Jamie McAllister
Demetrious Johnson found out he will avoid surgery as he was misdiagnosed with a hernia. In an interview with MMAWeekly Johnson talks about his injury as well as discussing his return to action.
“Basically, what happened was when I got kicked in the groin I’m assuming, but with my testicles there’s wires that connect to the back of it, and the wires on my left side were pretty severely swollen so my doctor gave me an anti-inflammatory. He checked it out today and he was like you don’t have a hernia, the first doctor who did the search for it he misdiagnosed you for a hernia because you were so swollen down there when he was checking, that’s why he misdiagnosed you with a hernia,”
Swollen testicles does not sound like much fun at all however Johnson is happy that he managed to avoid surgery.
“He said take it easy, give it a chance for the swelling to go down. Like when I walk around it’s fine, but when he touched it or aggravated it, it hurts for a little bit,”
“He said two weeks, the first week you know just relax with it, let it heal, and then maybe next week start doing (training). I’m getting x-rays on my hands on Wednesday because it’s still hurting. Each time I shake somebody’s hand I’m shaking it like a little (expletive) cause I don’t want anybody to touch my fist.”
This does not mean all is well though as Johnson says he could potentially have a hand injury which could force the Benavidez title bout back a little.
“I’m just happy I don’t have to get surgery,” Johnson stated. “The fight between me and Joseph (Benavidez), it’s going to happen. I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about my own health first cause when I go into this fight I want to make sure I go in 100-percent instead of going into training camp with a hairline fracture on my hand or whatever.”
“Everybody’s like let’s make it happen, UFC 151 which is Sept. 1, and I just want to make sure my body’s ready to go back in there and I can start training full-time again and make it happen. My No. 1 concern is my health because if I’m not healthy, it doesn’t mean anything to me. I need to be healthy first,”
Another reason why Johnson does not want to set a date is that he wants to make sure he’s going into the Title bout as close to 100 percent as possible.
“I’m not trying to be one of those fighters who sets a date for a fight and then oh no he has to have hand surgery,”
“I’m making sure everything is 100-percent good to go and then it’s pedal to the metal.”
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