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Mighty Mouse targets UFC 161 for Moraga fight

ESPN staff
March 4, 2013
Demetrious Johnson is set to meet John Moraga © Getty Images

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has confirmed his intention to return to action at UFC 161, revealing he will undergo surgery on Thursday to correct a shoulder injury.

Johnson has a partially torn labrum, which started to affect his training following his win over John Dodson. His full recovery is expected in a minimum of eight weeks.

Mighty Mouse had been scheduled to fight John Moraga in the next defence of his belt at the TUF 17 Finale on April 13. However, he is now targeting UFC 161.

"My shoulder was still bugging me after the Dodson fight," Johnson said on The MMA Hour. "I started training and I was starting to work out and pull a rope, which is one of our conditioning exercises, and I couldn't pull on the rope.

"You don't want to think there's anything wrong with your body. You want to think you're invincible. I got the MRI, and they were like, 'You have a partially torn labrum,' and I was like, 'Aw, dammit.' And that's how we got the bad news."

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