twitter google

Johny Hendricks The “Likely” Next Contender With Win Over Jake Ellenberger

Johny Hendricks expected to be cashing in his shot at the UFC welterweight title already. Instead, he will be facing Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz.

Despite being called the No. 1 contender by UFC president Dana White following a win over Martin Kampmann last year, Hendricks was passed over by Nick Diaz. St-Pierre pushed for the Diaz bout, as the two had a pair of previously scheduled encounters cancelled before they reached the Octagon.

White, however, said during a press conference Wednesday to promote the March card in Montreal that with a win over Ellenberger, Hendricks is “probably” the next challenger to the title.

Hendricks (14-1) has won five straight since a decision loss to Rick Story in 2010. He has topped Kampmann, along with former No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch.