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Morning Report: Johny Hendricks not worried about left hand, wants Georges St-Pierre in August

Johny Hendricks believed his mighty left hand was broken midway through first frame of UFC 158’s co-main event, which only made Bigg Rigg’s electric victory all the more impressive. But now things may not be as bad as they initially seemed. According to a report from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, Hendricks hand has already healed to the point where the welterweight thinks he may have merely dislocated a few fingers, which actually popped back into place over the course of the fight. Hendricks planned to still see a doctor, however on Tuesday he tweeted that his hand was feeling so good, he decided to skip it. With everything falling into place, Hendricks hopes to challenge Georges St-Pierre in August preferably, though he’ll take it anywhere, anyplace, anytime. And with out of the way, folks, let’s get to the best of the rest. 7 MUST-READ STORIES Hendricks wants St-Pierre in August. No. 1 UFC welterweight contender Johny Hendricks is targeting August 2013 for a title fight against champion Georges St-Pierre, according to a report from UFC Tonight. TUF 17 results. No spoilers here. If you want to find out the winner of last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17, check out this recap or watch the entire episode in the Stew below. Johnson popped. UFC heavyweight Lavar Big Johnson tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in the aftermath of UFC 157, according to a report from MMA Junkie. Elkins in, Guida out. Fresh off a first-round win at UFC 158, upstart featherweight Darren Elkins replaced the injured Clay Guida against Chad Mendes on the undercard of UFC on FOX 7. TUF 18 tryouts. Men and women bantamweight fighters are invited to tryout for The Ultimate Fighter 18 on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Grand Ballroom of the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. All entrants must be at least 21 years old and own a winning record with a minimum of three professional MMA fights. UFC 158 ratings. Fueled by the power of the Diaz/St-Pierre rivalry, last Friday’s UFC 158 weigh-ins became the sixth-most watched program in the history of the FUEL Network, beating the vast majority of live fights aired on FUEL TV. Additionally, Thursday’s press conference was the second most-watched presser in company history, while Saturday’s live prelims drew 1,579,000 viewers — a mark that tied for third highest in the fifteen month history of the UFC-FX relationship. Gomes injured. An undisclosed injury forced Ediane Gomes out of her Invicta FC 5 bout against former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cristiane Cyborg Santos. Australian featherweight Fiona Muxlow has been tapped as a short-notice replacement. MEDIA STEW If you missed it, check out last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17 to see this season’s wildcard match. We never got a Dana White vlog last week, so quench your behind-the-scenes thirst with the latest edition of Backstage Pass. Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Months go by without a double knockout, then suddenly we get three within the span of two weeks. (HT: MiddleEasy) The Fightland crew sat down with Royce Gracie to pick the legend’s brain about the introduction of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the early days of the UFC. It’s the MMA version of Where’s Waldo. Somewhere within this throwback news report about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, you might just spot a familiar face. (HT: Reddit) HENDRICKS UPDATE THANKS for the concern! Update on my hand: it was feeling so much better today I decided not to go to the doc. Recovery going good! ”” Johny Hendricks (@JohnyHendricks) March 19, 2013 ALSO, BEARDLESS! stopped by & surprised a local fan @ his house. He has a sweet man cave in his garage and I signed his bar!FUN!!! twitter.com/JohnyHendricks”¦ ”” Johny Hendricks (@JohnyHendricks) March 19, 2013 Relax everyone For the record I shave my beard off every fight & grow it back the first day of training camp! It’s tradition – all is good. ”” Johny Hendricks (@JohnyHendricks) March 19, 2013 ROGAN ON FALLON FOX For the record I fully support a persons right to be transgender, only against allowing them to fight women, especially without disclosure ”” Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 19, 2013 Never did I think political correctness would reach a point where it’s controversial to say transsexuals shouldn’t be able to fight women ”” Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 19, 2013 I’m also full in favor of a transgender division of MMA including both post op women to men & men to women’s division ”” Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 19, 2013 I couldn’t care less if former men want to compete in nonviolent sports against women but in fighting the advantage is ridiculous and unfair ”” Joe Rogan (@joerogan) March 19, 2013 LESSON LEARNED Last tweet cost me $130 driving using cell phone lol could not talk my way out this one. Even stuck in traffic 😉 twitter.com/RenzoGracieBJJ”¦ ”” Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) March 19, 2013 TO MR. MCMAHON There’s easier ways to commit suicide, Vincie-boy. Aren…

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