It appears the now-defunct welterweight co-main event pitting Johny Hendricks against Tyron Woodley at the UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) had serious title implications surrounding it.
While both men occupy two of the top spots in the official rankings behind Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 170-pound titleholder Robbie Lawler, who faces Carlos Condit at UFC 195 on Jan. 2, 2015, only one man can be "The Chosen One."
UFC President Dana White confirmed the plans on Friday, which prompted this tweet:
Hendricks, who has been known to cut some major weight to make the 171-pound limit, suffered a botched weight cut on the eve of his title eliminator with Woodley in Houston, Texas, which resulted in his "body shutting down" and an impromptu visit to the emergency room.
White told Yahoo's Kevin Iole that he now considers Hendricks a middleweight, after the fighter missed weight by between 20 and 25 pounds.
Woodley publicly stated that he was "frustrated" and viewed the unfortunate situation "as a loss" for Hendricks. The 33-year-old contender also wants to be compensated for the time he spent training for their important tilt, but White has yet to respond.
The fiasco did prompt another former welterweight who had his own share of weight-cutting problems to joke about coming down 45 pounds to save the main event:
@TWooodley I'm dropping down to 170 so we can save the card. You ready?
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) October 2, 2015
Woodley politely declined.
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