The hype machine was rolling for UFC 158; there’s no doubt about that. All the pre-fight bluster had us all so focused on the main event between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz that many fans dismissed the fact that there was a pretty decent scrap in the co-main event slot between Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit.
At the end of the night Hendricks and Condit walked away with Fight of the Night honors and a whole lot of respect from the crowd for the fight they put on in Montreal.
There was no hesitation from either fighter to engage in this one. Hendricks came out firing, looking to put his powerful left hand on Condit’s chin. Condit took what Hendricks had to offer and gave it back to him in the form of some heavy knees.
The difference in the fight was the wrestling of Hendricks. He was able to take Condit down 12 times on 15 attempts.
Condit was aggressive from the ground and he was able to work back to his feet after the takedowns, but the wrestling still scored points for Hendricks and he took the win in a fight that the fans probably would have been just as happy with had it gone Condit’s way.
The win put Hendricks at the top of the welterweight heap and it looks like it’s going to earn him a shot at champion Georges St-Pierre. As UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference, which was attended by Bleacher Report, “He's the No. 1 contender. Done. No doubt about it. The fight between him and Condit tonight was so sick."