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This one is a no-brainer, and barring some type of injury to Hendricks or St-Pierre—and assuming that St-Pierre doesn't suddenly decide that he wants to move up and face Anderson Silva after all—this is the only fight for the welterweight championship that makes sense.
I scored Hendricks' fight against Carlos Condit for Condit, but I'll admit that it was very close and that it was not a robbery. Hendricks faced his toughest test to date and passed with flying colors, or at least as much color as one can get when facing the gritty, durable Condit.
And here's the thing about Hendricks: He has the boxing, the power and, most importantly, the wrestling to provide a real threat to St-Pierre's reign as champion. St-Pierre will not take him down as easily as he has everyone else he's faced, and if the fight remains standing for any length of time, Hendricks is a real threat to knock the champion out.
And on top of that, Hendricks is quickly becoming a major star in the welterweight division. The crowd in Montreal gave him a superstar reaction, so I can only imagine what he'll get if he fights a little bit closer to home the next time around.
In fact, I'm predicting that Hendricks will end St-Pierre's reign as champion and take the title. How's that for a bold prediction? How about you? Do you think Hendricks has what it takes to win the belt?