Last night, Johny Hendricks was on a quest to become UFC welterweight champion, something he thought he accomplished after his fight with Georges St. Pierre back at UFC 167. Against Robbie Lawler, Hendricks was looking to impose his left hand and wrestling. He ended up going to war with Lawler, who had Hendricks hurt on many occasions.
Going into the fifth round, it was tied up 2-2. Hendricks knew he needed to dig down deep, and he did just that. He peppered Lawler and then scored a much-needed takedown that won him the fight. Hendricks is now your new UFC welterweight champion, something he dreamed about ever since getting into this sport.
Tonight, the difference was Hendricks’ activity standing. Blow after blow, Hendricks kept pressuring Lawler with some great jabs and hooks. Lawler threw some bombs of his own, but it was apparent Hendricks’ leg kicks were adding up near the end of the fight. Hendricks finally seized his dreams of being a champion, and this was one of the best fights thus far in 2014.
Both Lawler and Hendricks battled it out for five-straight rounds. There was not a dull moment in the bout, and it’s clear that these two are the very best welterweights in the division. For Hendricks, he’s probably going to fight Rory MacDonald next, which makes a lot of sense for both men right now in their career. Congrats to Hendricks on the impressive finish, and props to Lawler for putting on an exciting show as well.