The UFC’s new welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will undergo surgery on a torn bicep injury next Monday.

Hendricks, who defeated Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision last weekend at UFC 171 in arguably the best fight of the year so far, will require around two months following the surgery before he’s able to train fully again.

That’s not too long and means we’ll probably see Hendricks defending his title for the first time in the summer.

As yet there’s no word on who his next opponent will be, though the currently No.2 ranked contender Rory MacDonald has been mentioned as one possibility, while Tyron Woodley, who defeated Carlos Condit at the weekend (albeit thanks to a freak knee injury) and moved up to the No.4 spot as a result is also in the running.

Others who have their eye on a title shot against Hendricks include Hector Lombard (No.6), Matt Brown (No.7 and facing Erick Silva next) and of course let’s not forget Nick Diaz (currently unranked) who says he’s ready to return to the Octagon and was heckling Hendricks at the pre-fight weigh-ins last Friday.