It’s painful to see Hendricks’ name on this list considering the bearded brawler did everything necessary to beat St-Pierre other than finish him. He blasted GSP with a number of powerful blows, wobbling “Rush” at one point, and left St-Pierre so damaged he couldn’t even recall the evening’s action when interviewed after the bout. His face was bloodied, bruised, and swollen, while Hendricks’ only obvious injury was a significantly broken heart. If GSP plans to sit out for more than six months as expected, Hendricks should be handed an interim title and be left to defend it against whomever the UFC determines is top contender. Robbie Lawler seems like a frontrunner at this point, though the winner of Carlos Condit-Matt Brown could also emerge as #1 (especially in the case of Brown).
There were twelve losers emerging from the carnage at UFC 167, though most folks would argue one of the involved men was a victim of circumstance rather than his adversary’s abilities. In the evening’s main event, welterweight Johny Hendricks gave it his all against champion Georges St-Pierre over a 25-minute tilt only to have two of the three judges scoring things see things differently than the rest of the world. What’s next for Hendricks, or the other eleven fighters who lost more decisively, remains to be seen but one thing is for sure – fans will be talking about the event for years to come! (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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