Johny Hendricks jumped into the discussion for a UFC welterweight title shot when he stunned Jon Fitch late in 2011 with a knockout victory.
Saturday night, Hendricks took another step in that direction by securing a decision victory over Fitch teammate Josh Koscheck. Both Fitch and Koscheck are former No. 1 contenders in the division.
Currently, Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit each hold a share of the belt. Those two are expected to meet later this year when GSP returns from knee surgery, but UFC president Dana White confirmed Hendricks as a potential challenger in the near future.
“I think a fight with Hendricks vs. GSP is pretty interesting,” said White, during the post-UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller press conference Saturday night.
White did not directly name Hendricks as the No. 1 contender, but it’s hard to not believe he is right there after becoming only the second fighter in MMA history to defeat both Fitch and Koscheck. St-Pierre was the first, as he successfully defended the belt against both fighters.
“They’re both great fighters. I feel blessed to be in the same Octagon as them,” Hendricks said, of facing both Koscheck and Fitch. “Now I just go to go home and see what they say and be prepared for what they say and hopefully a title shot.”
Hendricks was a four-time All-American wrestler while at Oklahoma State University. He’s lost just once in his MMA career, and now has four straight to improve to 13-1.
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