Not since 2008 have we had a new UFC welterweight champion, and now that the title has been awarded to a new face, it seems that everyone in the welterweight division is gunning even harder for a shot at UFC gold.
However, it appears that finding a worthy opponent for the newly crowned Johny Hendricks is going to take a little time.
Johny Hendricks gave, yet another impressive performance as he was able to out score Robbie Lawler in their headline bout on Saturday for UFC 171.
UFC President Dana White is not rushing his decision of who the next deserving party will be to fill in the number one contender’s slot.
There were a lot of questions floating around about the other welterweight bouts on the card and whether or not a number one contender was going to be decided, based on the victors of those bouts. And with Tyrone Woodley coming out on top over Carlos Condit, and Hector Lombard outpointing Jake Shields, the two seem to be the most likely candidates.
And though Dana has made it clear that nothing is set in stone, it isn’t stopping either combatant from voicing their desire for a title shot.
Woodley was able to best the always dangerous Carlos Condit with a TKO victory in the second round of their co-main event bout, as Carlos injured his knee during the fight.
This was expected, by many, to be the fight to determine the owner of the number one slot. However, with a somewhat controversial win, it seems that Woodley will most likely be forced to prove himself, yet again.
This didn’t sit well with Woodley, who assured us in the post fight presser that his victory over Condit was not a fluke,
“I think if you break somebody’s arm in an armbar, or you put them in a choke and they don’t tap, it wasn’t like it came from a pre-existing injury,” said Woodley. “It came from a double-leg takedown. I saw that he was hurt and I went for the finish. I think I was dominating the fight, and that’s a hard guy to dominate.”
Woodley is determined to prove himself as a force in the welterweight division and wants everyone to recognize his full intentions without question.
“I asked for this fight because I didn’t think I was going to lose it. You guys fail to realize I’m in this to be a world champion… and I think that alone, the persistence, warrants me a world title shot. Me and Johny Hendricks have some unfinished business from the big-12 days of wrestling, and I would love to get my hands on him.”
The other victorious welterweight on Saturday’s card, Hector Lombard, who was able to thrash Jake Shields, was originally rather reserved regarding his desire to make a run at the title.
However, at the post fight presser, he voiced his urge to take a shot at the crown himself.
“I would like to get that please,” stated Lombard. “I beat the guy that (Hendricks) was himself calling for the right to fight for the belt, because he had, like, four wins. So I believe now that Robbie is out of the picture, I can be a tough challenge for him.”
Personally, I see Lombard vs. Woodley as a good matchup to answer the question of who is more deserving once and for all.
As for the new champ, he’s just ready to head home and relax for the time being.
“I’m going to go home, kiss my wife, kiss my three little girls, (and) say that I’m going to be home for a little bit,” said Hendricks. “I’ll spend some time with them and be a father again. Just enjoy life.”
After calling out the champion for so long, to get his chance, he decided that now that he’s finally got his hands on the belt it’s best to just sit and wait for the UFC to find him a worthy adversary.
So, the slot for the number one contender is currently vacant, but with such a stacked division, I’m sure it won’t take long for Dana White and Joe Silva to figure something out.
Let’s hear it Penn Nation! Who do you think is more deserving of the number one contender’s spot to face the newly crowned Johny Hendricks?
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