Former NCAA champion Johny Hendricks has been notified by UFC officials that he will be invited join the promotion in light of Zuffa’s decision shut down the WEC’s welterweight division.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news Monday afternoon with Hendricks’ manager, Ted Ehrhardt of Team Takedown, who added that Hendricks has yet to sign a new UFC contract but that one is expected to be presented within the next several days.
According to Ehrhardt, an opponent and Octagon debut date for Hendricks could also be determined by week’s end.
Hendricks was an All-American wrestler while at Oklahoma State University and is 5-0 since making his pro MMA debut in September of 2007.
While competing for the WEC, Hendricks went 2-0 with wins over Justin Haskins at WEC 37 last December and Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39 earlier this month. Soon after Hendricks’ decision victory over Serdyukov, WEC officials designated the bout as the event’s “Fight of the Night.”
The 25-year old Hendricks now joins fellow OSU alum Jake Rosholt as the second member of Ehrhardt’s Team Takedown to make it to the UFC. Team Takedown’s third member, Shane Roller, competes in the WEC’s lightweight division and is 2-0 since debuting for the promotion. He is scheduled to fight Benson Henderson at WEC 40 on April 5 in Chicago, Ill.