When Johny Hendricks beat Robbie Lawler to become the new welterweight champion, he had some very specific ideas about what was next.
“I’m going to go home, kiss my wife, kiss my three little girls, (and) say that I’m going to be home for a little bit,” said Hendricks as transcribed by MMAJunkie. “I’ll spend some time with them and be a father again. Just enjoy life.”
However, when UFC president Dana White was asked whether the other welterweight fights that night had provided a picture of who is next for Hendricks, he did not reply positively.
"Nope," said White.
There were two key welterweight bouts Saturday. Tyron Woodley beat former interim champ Carlos Condit in the second, when Condit suffered a knee injury. And earlier on the card, Hector Lombard outpointed Jake Shields.
Nick Diaz was cageside clearly hoping for a title shot at Hendricks, and both Woodley and Lombard made the case post fight.
"I blew [Dana White's] phone up until he probably couldn’t take it any more," said Woodley. "Because I want to be the world champ, and I think that alone, the persistence, warrants me a world title shots. Me and Johny Hendricks have some unfinished business from the big-12 days of wrestling, and I would love to get my hands on him.”
Lombard too hopes for a title shot.
“I would like to get that please,” said the former Olympian. "I beat the guy that [Hendricks] was himself calling for the right to fight for the belt, because he had, like, four wins. So I believe now that Robbie is out of the picture, I can be a tough challenge for him.”
During the close of the broadcast, UFC commentator Joe Rogan said that he thought the next challenger for Hendricks should be Rory MacDonald, who is coming off a win over Demian Maia at UFC 170 last month.
MacDonald was enthusiastic about the prospect.
"Who wants to see me fight @JohnyHendricks in vancouver for the @ufc welterweight title?" posted Ares. "Bringing the title back to canada!! @danawhite"
And at the post-fight press conference, Hendricks did say who he most wants to fight again.
"I'd like to fight Georges again," he said. "I think it'd be fun. We had a good match. I think I'm better. I'm going to get stronger. I'm finding out that I need to be a little bit better with my accuracy."
Who do you think should be next? And is that who you think will be next?
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