Johny Hendricks Prepared To Sit While Waiting For Title Shot

Published on March 16th, 2015 6:44 pm EST

Former Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has made it clear - he wants to fight for the title next.

Johny Hendricks easily defeated Matt Brown at UFC 185 this past weekend using his wrestling and ground-and-pound. With the victory, Hendricks (who was initially rumored to be fighting Robbie Lawler in a trilogy fight) has now firmly positioned himself as the next person to receive a shot at Lawler's title.

Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler will be fighting for the Welterweight title in the co-main event of UFC 189 in July. Assuming that something crazy doesn't happen (for instance, a controversial decision or some sort of unexpected stoppage), Hendricks will likely be getting the next shot at the title.

Hendricks has said that he is more than willing to sit until he gets his title shot. UFC President Dana White, however, has often warned against that practice, as fighters run the risk of waiting for up to two years to eventually get their shot at the title. Dana White has always been a proponent of fighters staying active (as they have limited windows to make money), though the financial benefits of being champion likely far outweighs the benefits of taking interim fights. In addition, numerous fighters in the past have lost their title shots after losing "stay busy" fights. If Hendricks were to fight somebody like Hector Lombard in the interim and lose, he would almost certainly lose his title shot as well.

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Assuming the winner of Lawler/MacDonald doesn't suffer any serious injuries, Hendricks will likely get his title shot at the end of 2015 or in early 2016. That means that he will be on the shelf for nearly a year, but he doesn't seem to have any problem with that. Hendricks' number one goal is to regain his Welterweight title and he is prepared to sit to do it.


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