In the eyes of a lot of media and fans, Johny Hendricks did enough to win his world title fight versus Georges St-Pierre. The judges, however, disagreed and awarded St-Pierre a decision win. An immediate rematch made the most sense, but St-Pierre threw a wrench in, announcing he would be walking away from the sport for a while.
Where did that leave Johny Hendricks? Well basically in limbo. That is until St-Pierre announced that he was indeed taking a hiatus and more importantly to Hendricks, vacating the welterweight title. It didn't take long for the UFC to spring to action and announce that Hendricks would fight Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 to determine a new champion, something that Hendricks couldn't be more thankful for:
"I was very stoked when I was told about the fight. It's pretty amazing that Zuffa and Mr. White are giving me another shot at it. It's very humbling, and I'm not going to let this one slip by. There are some things we could change on the last one, but we are going to do everything in our power to make sure they say my name at the end of this fight. And to know that it's in Dallas, I'm super-stoked about that. It's great to be able to fight in Dallas, but to be the main event for a fight card in Dallas is an honor in itself.
"I was very relieved it all moved quickly," he added in regard to St-Pierre's decision. "I'm very thankful that GSP came back quickly because he could have taken two months to do this and come up with his decision. But he did it quickly, and now we can move forward. I'm very grateful for that."
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