For Johny Hendricks, he must continue to prove his ranking in the UFC’s welterweight division.
Hendricks will meet Carlos Condit later this month at UFC 159 in the co-main event. The championship belt will also be on the line that night, as Georges St-Pierre defends against Nick Diaz.
After his win over Martin Kampmann, “Bigg Rigg” anticipated a title fight of his own. Instead, GSP asked for Diaz, and he was set to meet Jake Ellenberger.
An injury to Rory MacDonald left Condit without an opponent, and Hendricks stepped in. During a recent interview with Inside MMA, he talked about competing for the title in the near future.
I haven’t gotten promised anything. “The only thing I do know is if I beat Condit, then there’s nothing else to prove. I’ve beat everybody else there is, and if we have to start beating other people, we need to drop down even lower.
Hendricks was very out-spoken after UFC officials confirmed GSP-Diaz, claiming that St-Pierre was afraid to face him. He owns five wins since 2011, including three first round finishes – two of which have come under 60 seconds.
Kampmann is a strong welterweight, but stepping up to meet Condit will not be an easy task for Hendricks. This is a former interim UFC champion, and he wants nothing more than to get right back into title contention.