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Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks Should Be No. 1 Contenders Fight

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G DAnalyst IIIFebruary 5, 2012

After a narrow split decision victory, Josh Koscheck earned his third consecutive win over Mike Pierce at UFC 143 as he'll now patiently await his next opponent.

Koscheck has now won five of his last six bouts with his only loss coming to the hands of Georges St-Pierre in a championship fight at UFC 124.

Up until this point in his career, Koscheck has defeated nearly every opponent that's come his way and hasn't shied away from a single fight despite receiving a few days short notice.

Many believe Koscheck may very well be next in line to square off for the 170-pound title, but could find himself waiting as UFC president Dana White would like St-Pierre to return at some point this summer.

If this proves to be the case, Koscheck would need to fight at least once more before his shot at UFC gold becomes a living reality.

And what better matchup than against the hard-hitting Johny Hendricks?

Hendricks, who is coming off the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career as he knocked out Jon Fitch in a matter of 12 seconds at UFC 141, has won three consecutive fights.

In fact, Hendricks has fallen just once in his career and holds a record of 7-1 since joining forces with the UFC.

Hendricks' well-rounded skill set and extremely dangerous left hand could hold the ingredients for a Koscheck upset.

But, what better way to determine who's the better opponent than letting these two square off inside the cage?

With Nick Diaz officially declaring his retirement and Carlos Condit and St-Pierre slated to square off in a few months, what better matchup than Koscheck vs. Hendricks to determine the No. 1 contender's spot.


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