Hendricks won the fight by a score of 29-28 on all three scorecards. The bout was an exciting affair from bell-to-bell, and "Bigg Rigg's" takedowns ultimately made the difference.
Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit could have headlined a pay-per-view, and most MMA fans would not have cried foul. This was a big-time fight, no matter where it was placed as part of the card.
That's what makes Hendricks' victory all the more impressive.
He made yet another statement at 170 pounds in the UFC, and he's making a habit of knocking off top competition. On Saturday night at UFC 158, Hendricks defeated Condit and should have propelled himself into a title shot.
The win was his sixth straight and improved his record to 15-1 overall. Hendricks' nasty KO of Martin Kampmann on the undercard of UFC 154 was impressive, but this win may even trump that result.
Even in that event, Hendricks wasn't part of the featured bout. Condit and St-Pierre took top billing, but the more Hendricks wins, the more difficult it becomes to keep him from main-event status.
He didn't exactly take down a nobody on Saturday night.
Condit is an elite fighter who has defeated Rory MacDonald, Dong Hyun Kim, Jake Ellenberger, Nick Diaz and Dan Hardy in the last three-plus years. Although he lost to GSP at UFC 154, he gave a great account of himself and offered the popular Canadian champion some tense moments.
Hendricks didn't have a promise to receive a title shot—even with a win over Condit—but it is hard to imagine who Hendricks would face next besides the top man in the division.
Condit's record fell to 28-7, and he must now work himself back up to the status he enjoyed before GSP defeated him in November.
Every time we see him fight, we learn more and more, and there is no shame losing to Hendricks. Condit can simply add his name to a growing list.