As unlikely as it sounds, there's still an outside chance Johny Hendricks' next fight will be for the 170-pound title.
That's because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bad boy Nick Diaz has a history of erratic behavior. In fact, the Stockton slugger was pulled from a title fight against Georges St. Pierre once before, after failing to uphold his media obligations for UFC 137 in late 2011.
That's not all.
The embattled welterweight blew off a scheduled drug test prior to fighting Jay Hieron under the Strikeforce banner back in summer 2009. As a result, "The Thoroughbred" had to instead settle for Ultimate Fighter (TUF) castaway Jesse Taylor at "Carano vs. Cyborg," winning his scheduled match-up but losing the opportunity to fight Diaz.
And then there's that whole marijuana thing...
With his spotty track record, it's not surprising to hear that UFC President Dana White has a contingency plan heading into their recently-announced UFC 158 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled for March 16, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which he explained during last weekend's fight festivities (via MMA Fight Corner):
"There's no guarantees with Nick Diaz. I got nine welterweights that are all in the top five on this show, so if he falls out, we'll still have a GSP fight."
I guess four of them are tied for number five?
Of course, with so many 170-pounders to choose from (though I don't count nine), is there anyone on that fight card (see it here) that you would take over Hendricks if Diaz flakes and can't (or isn't allowed to) compete?
Let's hear some options in the comments section below.