UFC 158: What We Learned from Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks
In terms of getting a title shot, Johny Hendricks might just be the most overlooked fighter in UFC history. After three wins against legitimate title contenders Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Martin Kampmann, the world unanimously named Hendricks as the most logical contender for Georges St-Pierre's welterweight championship.
In a wild brawl, these men went to war for three rounds, and Hendricks fed Condit a steady diet of takedowns. Although he couldn't control Condit on the ground, the wrestling made all the difference in the world, and "Bigg Rigg" won a unanimous decision.
What we'll remember about this fight
The excitement. Both fighters landed tremendous shots regularly, and their chins refused to quit. However, the biggest takeaway from this fight is that Hendricks' takedowns are nearly impossible to defend.
What we learned about Carlos Condit
Nothing. This was vintage Condit. He pushed the pace, looked for submissions anytime he was on the ground and stayed incredibly active while throwing power punches, flying knees and head kicks at a blistering pace.
Condit couldn't stop the takedowns, which cost him this fight; however, he did a great job of returning to his feet over and over again.
What we learned about Johny Hendricks
That in the face of trouble, he begins to wilt. After seeming to break his left hand in Round 2, Hendricks had a bit of fear in his eye during the final frame.
Whether or not he will respond the same way to any type of adversity is yet to be seen.
What's next for Carlos Condit?
Condit needs a rematch. Give him either Nick Diaz, Martin Kampmann or Jake Ellenberger, and you've got an excellent fight for any upcoming card.
What's next for Johny Hendricks?
With consecutive wins over Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Martin Kampmann and now Carlos Condit, there is no question that Hendricks is next in line for a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship. If the UFC does not grant him a shot, it may as well throw its ranking system out of the window.
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