UFC President Dana White saw enough from Johny Hendricks Saturday night at UFC on FOX 3 to proclaim the former Oklahoma State University wrestler a legitimate contender in the welterweight division. Hendricks secured a decision victory over Josh Koscheck in the co-main event from East Rutherford, New Jersey, pushing his record s to 13-1.
The accomplished wrestler is just the second fighter to hold wins over both Koscheck and Jon Fitch, two former title-contenders. The other man to do so is current UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
“Josh Koscheck, because he gets booed, may not get the respect that he deserves, but he’s a great fighter and has been for a long time and Johny Hendricks won (Saturday),” said White during the show’s post-fight press conference. “Whether you agree with the decision or not, cause some people think that Koscheck won or it should’ve been a Draw, it was that close. I think a fight with Hendricks vs. GSP is pretty interesting.”
The 28-year-old Hendricks has rebounded from a loss to Rick Story to earn his spot among the elite in the division. While a title-shot may still be a ways off, Hendricks is right there at the top in terms of potential options.
St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit are scheduled to meet later this year when St-Pierre returns from knee surgery, while Jake Ellenberger-Martin Kampmann are fighting in June to determine the man who will face the winner of GSP-Condit.
The full UFC on FOX 3 press conference can be found below:
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