UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos was set to return to the ring this May 31 and in a match with rising star Stipe Miocic.
However, it was reported on Monday that the number two ranked “Cigano” had injured his hand and would subsequently be a scratch for the upcoming Sao Paulo, Brazil event.
With dos Santos out and Fabio Maldonado stepping in to face the number seven ranked Miocic in “Cigano’s” place, fans are now learning of the nature and severity of “JDS’s” derailment from The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 card.
According to UFC Tonight, as posted to their Twitter account, “Cigano’s” injury has turned out to be a broken left hand. However, and fortunately, the break is not severe enough to require surgery to repair it. As to how long dos Santos might be out, no timetable was given for his return. “Cigano’s” match with Miocic was to be his first fight since October of last year, and his UFC 166 TKO loss to division champion Cain Velasquez.
JDS broke his left hand which resulted in his drop out of his fight with Stipe Miocic. Fortunately, no surgery will be needed.— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) May 8, 2014
In other injury news, newly crowned welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is on the mend and will be back to “light training” in a few weeks. “Bigg Rigg” went into his UFC 171 title match with Robbie Lawler sporting a torn right bicep and exited the match requiring surgery to repair it. Less than two months past the procedure, it now appears that 170 pound champion is close to getting back to training, and hopefully a late summer or early fall title defense.
Johny Hendricks' bicep rehab is going great, expected to return to light training in a few weeks.— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) May 8, 2014