Former UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has been waiting for a third bout with the current champion, Robbie Lawler. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Hendricks and Lawler battled it out for the first time in March, 2014, and Hendricks won that fight. However, the second time they fought, Hendricks lost the title to Lawler. The first time Hendricks and Lawler fought, Hendricks won via decision, and the bout ended up being the fight of the night.
Hendricks will have to wait a little longer for a rematch with Lawler, but he could be one step closer to getting a shot at the title. This is because Hendricks (17-3) will be facing Tyron Woodley (15-3) at UFC 192. According to MMA Junkie, the contest between Hendricks and Woodley was announced on Wednesday.
UFC 192 takes place on October 3, and the event won’t be headlined by Hendricks and Woodley, as the main event is between Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier will be defending the UFC Light Heavyweight title. This will be the second time that Gustafsson will be going for the title. The first time was in 2013, and at the time, Jon “Bones” Jones was the champion. Jones ended up winning the fight, which went onto become the fight of the year.
As of now, the UFC hasn’t mentioned anything about the winner of the Hendricks vs Woodley match getting a shot at the Welterweight champion, but according to Fox Sports, if Woodley can score a win against Hendricks, he could be the next in line for a title shot. However, if Hendricks or Woodley earns themselves a title shot, it might not be against Robbie Lawler. This is because Lawler will be defending the title against Carlos Condit in November.
Condit has fought both Hendricks and Woodley. He lost to Hendricks in 2013 and lost to Woodley in 2014.
As of now, Hendricks is ranked No. 2 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA welterweight rankings. His most recent victory was against Matt Brown earlier in the year. Woodley, who is ranked No. 4 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA welterweight rankings, is 4-1 in the last five fights, and the recent loss came at the hands of Rory MacDonald. Since losing to MacDonald, Woodley has made a comeback and scored wins over Dong Hyun Kim and Kelvin Gastelum.
Aside from Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley, as well as Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson, other fights that will take place at UFC 192 include Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans, Jessica Ete vs. Julianna Pena, Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov, and Daniel Hooker vs. Yair Rodriguez. Other fighters who are on the fight card include Sergio Pettis, Chris Cariaso, Alan Jouban, Albert Tumenov, and Raquel Pennington.
UFC 192 takes place on October 3 at the Toyota Center in Houston, and the main card is available on pay-per-view.
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