Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will now face Johny Hendricks at UFC 158 in the co-main event spot after an injury forced Rory MacDonald out.
While “The Natural Born Killer” was fully prepared to meet MacDonald, he sees the bout with Hendricks as a chance to silence an adversary.
“He’s called me out in the past, and now is his chance to try to back that talk up,” said Condit, in a statement released to Rebellion Media. “I’ll be ready for him.”
Condit, who lost to Georges St-Pierre in a title unification match late in 2012, added, “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.”
Hendricks was slated to meet Jake Ellenberger, but agreed to take on Condit instead. Ellenberger is rumored to be facing Nate Marquardt on the same card.
Malki Kawa, the manager for Condit, believes the change in opponent could actually move his fighter closer to another shot at the title.
“Fighting Johny Hendricks is the perfect opportunity for Carlos to earn another shot at the UFC welterweight title,” Kawa said. “Hendricks is the perfect replacement for Rory, keeping a No. 1 contender bout intact. It’s going to be an exciting fight.”
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