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Sorry 'Showtime,' but Johny Hendricks out to steal the show at UFC 185

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A flashy striker vs. a heavy-hitter? Who wins best in show?

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UFC 185, which goes down on March 14, 2015 from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, will feature a lightweight title fight between division kingpin Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos, while Carla Esparza defends her strawweight belt for the first time against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

More on those bouts here.

In the midst of the two title fights, Johny Hendricks -- a man who is no stranger to spearheading UFC cards -- will take on heavy-hitting Matt Brown in a pivotal welterweight showdown. And since both men have made it a habit to stand-and-bang, "Bigg Rigg" is confident their bout will please the fans.

In fact, as he recently told FOX Sports, he plans on stealing the show away from "Showtime" and Co.

"Matt Brown is the type of guy, you know he's going to move forward, you know he's going to throw punches, he's going to throw knees, he's going to throw elbows and he's really good in the clinch game. That's his bread and butter. That could make a great, exciting fight. He's a taller guy than me, for one, so he's going to have to get in closer and if he gets in closer he's going to have to deal with my power. Whenever you look at that and you've seen what I can do, it turns into a really exciting fight. It could be a clash of wills to see who can win inside."

He continues:

"This could be a fight for the fans. I'm trying to steal the show from (Anthony) Pettis. He's a very talented fighter, he's a very good fighter but my goal -- and I'm sure Matt Brown's goal -- is to try and steal the show from the two main events."

If Johny's bout against Brown is anything like his first fight with Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 (video), which also went down in "Big D" back in 2014, then fight fans are surely in for a treat.

Now that the challenge has been presented, "Showtime" and "RDA" will have to pull it all on the line if they don't want to be outdone by "Bigg Rigg" and "Immortal."

But, aside from having to top the always-entertaining Pettis, Hendricks also has to compete with the heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Roy Nelson if he wants to win a "Performance of the Night" bonus.

Good luck.