UFC 167: What's Next For Johny Hendricks?

By Jeremy Green
Johny Hendricks UFC
Eric Bolte-USA Today Sports

UFC 167 featured an epic welterweight championship fight last night between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks. It was a close bout, but Hendricks did more damage on GSP. He also controlled a lot of the exchanges on the ground, proving he was the better wrestler. GSP had his moments, getting several takedowns and landing kicks that were partially blocked.

However, the judges ultimately gave the split decision to GSP, allowing him to retain his welterweight crown. It was a highly controversial decision, and a lot of the pros, such as James Krause, Urijah Faber and even Dana White, felt Hendricks had done enough damage to win the championship belt.

Now, Hendricks will have to go home empty handed, but this loss will only make him better. It’s unclear about what’s next for Hendricks. GSP said he might take some time away from the sport, but White believes he can get GSP to take an immediate rematch with Hendricks. Hopefully, the UFC books the rematch to give Hendricks the chance to prove he is the rightful champ in the welterweight division.

If the rematch isn’t booked, then an interim title or the real title should be up for grabs, and Hendricks should be first in line to fight for it. So, who should Hendricks fight if GSP walks away? Some good opponents would be either Robbie Lawler, who defeated Rory MacDonald last night, or the winner between Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown. Either fighter would be good opponents for Hendricks.  And, fans would see a tremendous welterweight championship fight.

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