UFC Welterweight contender Carlos Condit was full in preparation for his rematch with Rory MacDonald at UFC 158 when he found out the bad news that MacDonald had suffered a neck injury and was forced to withdraw. Never one to let things get to him too much, the stoic Condit simply realized he had been given another great opportunity to prove his skills as surging knockout artist Johny Hendricks stepped in to replace "Ares."
Condit knows that Hendricks is a dangerous fighter, and that the two of them clashing is cause for fireworks. He spoke out to MMA H.E.A.T. earlier today to voice his views on the bout:
"While I was disappointed to hear that Rory MacDonald is injured, I am glad that the UFC was able to find a strong replacement for the fight in Johny Hendricks. He is one of the toughest Welterweights in the world, and has quickly risen up the ladder in our division.
We are similar in that we like to stay active and aggressive in our fights, so this should be a great fight for the fans to watch. ...I have been training for Rory MacDonald, but there is plenty of time left to switch my focus to Hendricks.
With eight weeks left, I will need every moment to be fully prepared for this battle. He's called me out in the past, and now is his chance to try to back that talk up. I'll be ready for him."
It may be true that with Condit has some time to prepare for Johny Hendricks. It's arguable to decide just who posed the bigger threat, as both Henricks and MacDonald are excellent and well-rounded fighters. But Hendricks has been absolutely mowing down top-ranked opponents with his vicious left hand, save for his close split decision win over Josh Koscheck last year.
Condit has an excellent chance to prove he is worthy of another title shot at 170. Who do you like in this bout?