Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will return to the cage at next weekend’s UFC 185 pay-per-view event in Dallas, Texas.
“Bigg Rigg” was last seen in action in the headlining bout of UFC 181, where he suffered a close split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler, losing his welterweight gold in the process.
Hendricks now meets Matt “The Immortal” Brown in a pivotal match for the welterweight division at UFC 185 on March 14.
Johny knows the bout with Brown has the potential to be a “Fight of the night” candidate, given both men’s willingness to stand-and-bang.
Hendricks is hoping that he and Brown can steal the show away from event headliner and current UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, as he told FOX Sports in a recent interview:
“Matt Brown is the type of guy, you know he’s going to move forward, you know he’s going to throw punches, he’s going to throw knees, he’s going to throw elbows and he’s really good in the clinch game. That’s his bread and butter. That could make a great, exciting fight. He’s a taller guy than me, for one, so he’s going to have to get in closer and if he gets in closer he’s going to have to deal with my power. Whenever you look at that and you’ve seen what I can do, it turns into a really exciting fight. It could be a clash of wills to see who can win inside.”
“This could be a fight for the fans. I’m trying to steal the show from (Anthony) Pettis. He’s a very talented fighter, he’s a very good fighter but my goal — and I’m sure Matt Brown’s goal — is to try and steal the show from the two main events.”
UFC 185 goes down March 14 live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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