With his victory at UFC 158 over Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks once again cemented the fact that he deserves a shot at Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Hendricks landed several big blows on Condit during the fight, but he was unable to end it early, which is something he has become well known for. Instead, the fight went the distance and Hendricks scored a convincing unanimous decision.
The win was Hendricks' sixth in a row and he added Condit to the impressive list of people he's beaten. Hendricks has also beaten Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Martin Kampmann on the road to the No. 1 contender spot.
"Bigg Rigg" has deserved the title shot for quite some time now, but Nick Diaz found a way to wedge his way into a bout with St-Pierre before the true No. 1 contender could get his rightful shot. Diaz returned to fight St-Pierre after a year-long suspension for a second positive marijuana test.
The fight with Diaz happened before the fight with Hendricks because St-Pierre requested the showdown with Diaz so he could finally shut him up. It was originally supposed to take place at UFC 137, but Diaz failed to show up for promotional work and was removed from the card.
But no harm, no foul, as Hendricks remains in his top spot after the win, and St-Pierre got his wish by dominating Diaz, who clearly didn't belong in the same ring with the champ.
Let's just hope Hendricks puts up a better fight than Diaz did against St-Pierre, if nothing else.
The fact that both St-Pierre and Hendricks fought on the same card at UFC 158 perfectly aligns the two to fight at some point later this year. Both fighters will have equal rest for the most part—with the exception of two more rounds fought by St-Pierre, which won't be a problem.
And now we get to see the fight that should have happened in the first place. Hendricks has earned his shot at the title by beating several top opponents. It appears that after a longer than expected wait, Hendricks will finally get his due versus St-Pierre.