Despite a heavy-duty brace attached to his right arm, UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks had no trouble tossing out the ceremonial first-pitch at Monday night’s Texas Rangers-Seattle Mariners game from Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Hendricks, who is recovering from bicep surgery on his right arm, defeated Robbie Lawler to become the welterweight champion last month.

He is expected to be on the sidelines for the majority of 2014, targeting a return either in late summer or early fall.