Now the Jon Fitch problem is solved. Because of a couple of punches from up-and-comer Johny "Big Rig" Hendricks, the conundrum of whether Jon Fitch will fight for an interim title is no longer a question.
The question is, what do we make of the upstart Johny Hendricks? What do we make of his dismantling of the consensus number two ranked welterweight? Where does he go next?
Let's discuss what we found out from 12 seconds...
Alright, maybe we're jumping the gun on that one.
But there's no doubt that his arrow is pointed that direction. Had he won his fight against Rick Story at The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 finale, perhaps we would be discussing him fighting the winner of the Carlos Condit vs Nick Diaz fight. But with Jake Ellenberger and perhaps Josh Koscheck slightly ahead of him maybe one more solid win would be beneficial to his title aspirations.
Perhaps the winner of Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves may be a suitable test for the fast rising Hendricks. That will allow a little time for the division to sort itself out a bit.
Versus TJ Waldburger at UFC Fight Night 24, a big left hand puts TJ Waldburger in trouble and ultimately ends his night resulting in a knockout of the night bonus for Hendricks.
Versus Jon Fitch, a huge left hand ends the title hopes of the former title contender and results in a knockout of the night bonus for Hendricks.
See a theme? Hendricks even warns opponents before he fights them to watch out for the left, but lately they haven't been listening. His left is starting to be on par with the bomb that is in the right hand of MMA legend Dan Henderson. People really should start listening.
Even against the lay and pray style of Jon Fitch, Johny Hendricks gave us fireworks in a twelve second display of disrespect for Jon Fitch's face. It was quick, but it was very exciting.
Not only was the fight exciting, but his enthusiasm and unbridled joy after winning was exciting in itself. It breathes life into a division where the champion, Georges St. Pierre, hasn't finished a fight since 2009.
Along with Jake Ellenberger, Josh Koscheck, Carlos Condit, and Nick Diaz, Hendricks provides a spark of excitement that will propel this division as it's champion is on the mend.