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Demetrious Johnson confident in return by UFC on FOX 8

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04:43 PM ET 03.29 | UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is out nursing a torn labrum, but has his sights set on return for a specific event in a specific place: his hometown of Seattle, Washington at UFC on FOX 8 set for July 27. "We're right on track to hopefully fight on that card," he said. "I'm not going to rush my rehab so I can fight on that card. But right now, I think four months out for that card is good." The issue at the moment is whether or not his shoulder will heal in time in what is a delicate rehabilitative process. "As long as my shoulder doesn't hurt, (trainer) Matt (Hume) will make the decision and let the UFC know we want on that card," Johnson said. "The UFC already knows we do, but we want to see how rehab goes first. I would love to headline, but at the same time, I know they have to get ticket sales ready. If they can wait until I'm A-OK, then I'd love to headline the card, but I don't want them to wait on me. As long as I can fight, I'll be happy."

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