Hendricks is a honey badger: He don’t care who’s next
UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is back in light training following bicep surgery sustained in a winning title defense vs. Robbie Lawler.
Injuries can throw off any plans unexpectedly, but realistically, Hendricks' next defense has to be against a top contender:
1 Robbie Lawler – Had a title shot in March
2 Rory MacDonald – On a one-fight win streak
3 Tyron Woodley – 3-2 last five fights
4 Carlos Condit – Injured
5 Matt Brown – never fought a top-10 fighter
6 Hector Lombard – Only has two fights in the division
7 Jake Ellenberger – 2-3 last five fights
In all likelihood, Hendricks next fight will be versus the winner of Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald at UFC 174 on June 14, or the winner of Lawler vs. Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 12 on July 26.
However, like a honey badger, Hendricks don't care.
“Realistically, I don't care,” said Hendricks on UFC Tonight as transcribed by MMAFighting. “I'm going to have to fight one of them. I'm going to have to fight Lawler again or fight Brown or Rory MacDonald or Tyron Woodley. Doesn't matter.”
“Brown-Lawler. I fought Lawler, never fought Brown. It just depends how he goes into that fight. I don't like to really pick on my weight class. Sort of just like a guessing game so that one's a close one. Tyron Woodely can easily wrestle [MacDonald], could out-strike him or Rory MacDonald could keep him at bay with that jab like he did a couple of other guys. It just depends.”
And what about former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who is taking a break from MMA of indefinite, maybe permanent duration?
“I'd love to have a rematch, don't get me wrong, but if he never came back it wouldn't bother me none. I'm trying to make my own legacy and if he's part of it that'd be great. If not, I don't care.”