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UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks finally secured his spot as the top contender in the 170-pound weight class, as UFC President Dana White said following UFC 158 that there is "no doubt" Hendricks will be next to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight crown.
He had to put in a body of work few fighters could ever match, but it appears Johny Hendricks' unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 158 was enough to finally earn him that elusive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title shot.
After earning his fourth consecutive victory over a top-10 opponent, "Bigg Rigg" pleaded for a title shot in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, saying that he will hire a referee and go to champion Georges St. Pierre's house to fight if the champion refuses to grant him a title shot.
Fortunately for the 29-year-old, it doesn't appear things will have to go that route as on the heels of his victory over "The Natural Born Killer," UFC President Dana White announced that there is "no doubt" who is next in line for a crack at the belt.
"There's no doubt Johny Hendricks deserves the next shot," White told Ariel Helwani on the UFC 158 post-fight show on FUEL TV. "That fight was amazing tonight. I'm actually glad that it worked out that way. Those were the top guys to see who faces Georges St-Pierre. Johny Hendricks deserves it."
Hendricks proved he is the type of well rounded mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter needed to challenge "Rush" for the belt as he implemented a strategy using both striking and wrestling to pick up the win in the ‘Fight of the Night' at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The former collegiate wrestler came into UFC 158 with the goal to prove he is the No. 1 ranked contender in the division, and he did just that by showcasing why he is the best guy out there behind the champion.
A date and location for a St. Pierre vs. Hendricks championship bout is unknown at this time, particularly due to the fact the French-Canadian hinted he would like a vacation following two grueling five-round fights back-to-back. Hendricks, too, appears to be a little banged up as he sustained a hand injury in the fight; however, initial reports indicate nothing was broken.
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