Johny Hendricks vaulted himself up the UFC welterweight ranks when he knocked out Jon Fitch at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. Fitch, a former No. 1 contender who has went the distance with the likes of Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn, was rocked by a Hendricks strike and dropped just 12 seconds into their match.
Now, UFC president Dana White says he has nothing but important fights lined up for Hendricks down the road, as the outspoken leader of the UFC told fight fans on UFC Tonight recently.
“Hendricks did something GSP couldn’t do. There’s no way this was an early stoppage. Hendricks comes bursting out of nowhere and takes down the No. 2 guy,” White said (thanks to MMAMania.com for transcribing). “He’s got world-class wrestling and nasty hands – he’s going to get another big fight.”
While White did not reveal just who is in the future for Hendricks, the list is quite long, as the UFC’s 170-pound division has plenty of eligible candidates.