Following a wrestling-heavy victory over Matt Brown at UFC 185 earlier this year, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks didn’t get the title shot he had promised after his razor-thin split decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 181 in December 2014.
That dubious distinction went to none other than Carlos Condit, who received a shot at “Ruthless” despite a previous loss to Hendricks and only one win since returning from a yearlong layoff due to a significant knee injury. The former NCAA champ was left to face another accomplished mat technician in No. 3-ranked Tyron Woodley, another fighter who had beaten Condit in the last couple years.
The winner may seem to be the next logical choice for a fight with the winner of Lawler vs. Condit, but by now we know that’s anything’s possible in the talented welterweight arena.
This fight is still going to be a pivotal one that will help shape the immediate future of a crowded and dangerous welterweight talent pool. Check out the full Countdown to UFC 192: Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley above.