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Johny Hendricks Prepares To Take That Next Step

Johny Hendricks won plenty of titles and championships during his high school and college wrestling careers.

Hendricks picked up three Oklahoma state titles and the high school national championship for 160-pound grapplers. He followed that up with a pair of national championships while competing for Oklahoma State University.

Now, Hendricks (11-1) is ready to work towards MMA gold.

First up for the 28-year old will be a meeting with former title contender Jon Fitch at UFC 141 on December 30. For Hendricks, this is a chance to prove his 6-1 UFC mark is that of a contender.

“He’s the No. 2 ranked guy,” said Hendricks, in an interview with Full Contact Fighter recently. “He’s competed with the best, he’s got a phenomenal record and I’m really excited. I can’t wait.”

Hendricks had hoped the UFC would place him in a bout with a top-ranked welterweight following wins over Mike Pierce and T.J. Waldburger. For his career, Hendricks has six knockout wins and four decision victories, adding a submission victory to his resume, as well.

“A lot of people haven’t seen my fights. But it’s no secret for my fans that the thing I like to do most is stand. That’s exciting for me and it’s exciting for the fans, and there’s nothing better than hitting someone and see how they react,” Hendricks said. “If for some reason my stand-up game isn’t doing well I’ll have a back-up plan to get him to the cage or get him down to the ground. I’ll have a plan to slow things down if I need to.”

Hendricks hopes a win over Fitch will place him near the front of the line in terms of competing for the UFC title, which is currently held by Georges St-Pierre.