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After a stellar 25 minutes of action against Robbie Lawler, Johny Hendricks finally got the title he was so sure he deserved after UFC 167 in November.
He was able to establish an early rhythm and get ahead of Lawler and then absorb what "Ruthless" came back with before securing the fight with a good fifth round. It was by far his gutsiest performance—one that looked like it might get away from him, as a grinning Lawler was clubbing him with combos, but the Dallas resident hung tough and gave his hometown something to cheer for.
Most of the top guys are either tied up, coming off losses, hurt or in some state of partial retirement, so it's hard to see where the UFC can go with Hendricks. His division is open like it hasn't been in years, though.
Up Next: I personally hate the fight and the reason it will have to be booked, but it seems like Rory MacDonald is the only guy who is available with any sort of reasonable claim to a shot. A drab win streak followed by alternating a loss and win shouldn't warrant title consideration, but sometimes being in the right place at the right time is enough.
It likely will be for MacDonald.
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