Though Hendricks and Koscheck began their MMA careers as one-dimensional wrestlers, both fighters have quickly transformed into powerful strikers capable of holding their own on their feet against just about any welterweight in the world.
In his last fight, Hendricks recorded the seventh knockout win of his career and became the first fighter in nearly a decade to finish Fitch. In addition to his heavy left hand that he used to level Fitch, Hendricks has shown some solid clinch striking, as he has the wrestling skills to defend takedowns while unloading on opponents.
Koscheck also possesses knockout power, but he has become somewhat predictable and depends too much on his overhand right. As long as Hendricks is prepared to defend Koscheck's go-to punch, he shouldn't have to worry about being knocked out for the first time in his career.
While Koscheck has had more time to perfect his striking, Hendricks appears to have made greater strides in just 13 professional fights. Still, a knockout victory in this fight would almost be equally as impressive as Hendricks' finish of Fitch, as Koscheck has only been knocked out once in his MMA career.
When two high-level wrestlers like Hendricks and Koscheck meet, the fight often turns into a strategic stand-up bout. Considering both of these wrestlers like to throw leather, this matchup could very likely play out just like that.
That's not to say either fighter won't be looking to score a takedown or two, but both of these fighters have strong takedown defense and confidence in their striking.
Hendricks is a slightly more decorated amateur wrestler than Koscheck, but both fighters were four-time All-Americans and Koscheck has had more time to adapt his wrestling for MMA.
Regardless of who the slightly better MMA wrestler is, Hendricks and Koscheck will likely cancel the other's greatest asset out and remain standing.