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Demetrious Johnson undergoes successful shoulder surgery, but timetable for UFC return unknown

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson, does not duck fighters, because it’s impossible to rack up 11 straight title defenses by staying home and playing games on Twitch.

That said, he always seems to have something to keep him busy when TJ Dillashaw starts asking for a champion vs. champion super fight.

After disposing of Ray Borg last fall, “Mighty Mouse” took some time off to enjoy the holidays before undergoing shoulder surgery.

“I’m about to go in and get my left shoulder worked on, cleaned up,” Johnson said on Instagram. “I’ve been having pain in it since December. I grappled nine rounds straight, the next day both shoulders blew up with inflammation, and I will try to get this thing taken care of.”

The surgery was a success, according to MMA Fighting.

Johnson (27-2-1) has effectively cleaned out the flyweight division after capturing the crown roughly five years back. While new contenders continue to emerge, like Sergio Pettis and Jussier Formiga, it’s hard to build a case for anyone outside of Dillashaw.

Who even volunteered to drop down to flyweight.

It’s too early to tell when Johnson (27-2-1) will be able to return to fighting, but Dillashaw has already been out of action since flattening Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 last November.

All he (and we) can do is wait.

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