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TUF 24 Finale: Demetrious Johnson Reports he Heard a “Pop” in His Knee

Kelsey Mowatt

Demetrious Johnson

Demetrious Johnson will be gunning for a record tying, 10th title defense in his next bout, but it looks like the flyweight champ could be sidelined for a little bit.

Johnson took on Timothy Elliott at the TUF 24 Finale on Saturday, and “Mighty Mouse” turned to his wrestling and top game, and earned a UD win. The victory was Johnson’s ninth defense as the 125 champ, and if he wins his next bout, the P4P contender will tie Anderson Silva’s title defense record.

Following Johnson’s latest victory, the champ was naturally asked about his next bout. Johnson said that he’s up for anyone, and would like to fight in Las Vegas. But, the dynamic fighter also reported this, when asked about possibly fighting in March (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“That might be too soon,” said Johnson. “I’m going to go get an MRI possibly Tuesday or Wednesday. I think I might have had a little tear in my LCL in my right knee. It happened in the first round of the fight when we were grappling, I heard a little pop, and I think I might have a pop or tear in the LCL.

“I had a tear in my left knee, I know the feeling of it. It’s still swollen right now, when the swelling goes down I’ll have an MRI to make sure.”

Hopefully it’s not too serious and we’ll get to see Johnson gunning for the record, sooner than later. The big questions is, however, who is “Mighty Mouse” going to face? Johnson’s already defeated the top three ranked contenders….He’s defeated the #1 contender, Mr. Joseph Benavidez twice.

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