Kampmann vs. Hendricks: Is Johny Hendricks Good Enough To Contend for a Title?

Anthony Fusco@fusconation16Correspondent IIINovember 17, 2012

Nov 16, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Johny Hendricks during the weigh-in for UFC 154 at New City Gas.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

The co-main event of UFC 154 features a perennial fight between top welterweight contenders Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks.

Both of these fighters have been defeating their respective competition and ascending the welterweight ladder.

Johny Hendricks has been around since UFC 101, but the hype around him didn't start until after he beat T.J. Waldburger at UFC: Fight Night 24. He then took a split decision over Mike Pierce before he fully came into his own by knocking out Jon Fitch in a mere 12 seconds.

He faced his biggest challenge to date when he fought Josh Koscheck. He defeated him by split decision to earn his date with Kampmann.

Many people are questioning whether or not Hendricks is a good enough fighter to contend for the welterweight title. Hendricks has some incredibly explosive takedowns, courtesy of his Division 1 Wrestling experience.

He also had one-punch knockout power and heavy ground-and-pound. If Hendricks puts all of his skills together he is an incredibly dangerous fighter. He has the ability and the will to finish Martin Kampmann on Saturday night.

We haven't seen too many weaknesses from Hendricks so far in his UFC career. He's only lost a single fight, which was to Rick Story. Hendricks has all the right tools to become a title contender. If he focuses and fights a smart fight he will emerge a dangerous threat to whoever is the champion.

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