At UFC 171, Johny Hendricks claimed the title that many thought should have been his months ago.
In November, "Bigg Rigg" fought to a close decision with Georges St-Pierre, who had reigned over the 170-pound division for years. After GSP walked away with the controversial victory, he decided to vacate his belt for personal reasons.
That left Hendricks to fight Robbie Lawler to determine the new welterweight champion. Despite having a significant wrestling advantage over Lawler, Hendricks chose to stand and trade with one of the more dangerous strikers in his weight class.
Hendricks' game plan ultimately paid dividends, as he claimed the 170-pound belt in another close decision.
Now, he will wait to find out who will be first to challenge him for his strap. Here are the matchups that should be next for the new welterweight champion and the rest of the UFC 171 competitors.