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‘Thug Nasty’ cleared: Bryce Mitchell eyes January UFC return after yr off as a result of damage

It’s been practically a yr since Bryce Mitchell final stepped foot contained in the UFC cage, however he’s lastly thrown his title again within the hat.

Arkansas’ UFC featherweight contender was not too long ago given medical clearance to return from a hand damage suffered final October which required surgical procedure. After some check runs within the health club, Mitchell (14-0 MMA, 5-0) has notified the UFC he’s able to be booked for his subsequent combat, his supervisor Matt Weibel of First Round Management informed MMA Junkie on Friday.

While there’s nothing on the books but, Mitchell and his group are eager for a January 2022 combat, which is within the timeframe of occasions the UFC is at present matchmaking for.

Mitchell, 26, is at present ranked No. 11 within the promotion’s featherweight rankings. In his most up-to-date outing, Mitchell defeated divisional staple Andre Fili through unanimous choice at UFC on ESPN+ 39. The win was his fifth in as many UFC appearances.

Since his UFC debut in July 2018, Mitchell has grown a big fan base for his distinctive character and slick Brazilian jiu-jitsu recreation. In December 2019, Mitchell earned himself “MMA Junkie’s 2019 Submission of the Year” for his first-round tornado submission of Matt Sayles. Though dominant for a lot of his in-cage time within the UFC, the submission of Sayles stays his lone UFC end.

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