UFC 141 Results: Is Johny Hendricks a Contender or Pretender?

G DAnalyst IIIDecember 31, 2011

After winning three consecutive fights inside the Octagon, Johny Hendricks earned the right to face Jon Fitch at UFC 141.

Or, did Fitch earn the right to face Hendricks?

In a matter of 12 seconds, Hendricks' career was turned upside down as he landed one of the best knockout blows of the year.

When action began, Hendricks approached Fitch and soon after threw an enormous left that caught Fitch and sent him to the ground.

Fitch was hurt badly as the fight was stopped, and Hendricks' corner exploded in excitement as they witnessed their man capture the biggest win of his MMA career.

Hendricks' knockout leaves many fans thrilled while others are still in question.

Was Hendricks' connecting left a fluke, or is he a serious contender in the welterweight division?

After examining his track record we learn this isn't the first time Hendricks' knockout power has come into play as he scored "Knockout of the Night" honors over TJ Waldburger at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis.

Hendricks also knocked out Charlie Brenneman in 40 seconds in their UFC 117 bout a little over a year ago.

Not only that but Hendricks has been nearly flawless up until this point in his career, posting an impressive 13-1 record including seven wins since joining the UFC in 2009.

Hendricks has also displayed an ability to remain conditioned throughout his fights allowing him to become an even more well-rounded artist.

While many are not yet satisfied with Hendricks as a legitimate contender in the 170-pound weight division, he's proven time and time again that he's the real deal.

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