It appears Johny Hendricks will get a chance to prove himself at welterweight, as a bout vs. Stephen Thompson was announced during UFC 194 Saturday night.
No date was made known for the fight, but it is believed to be early in 2016.
Hendricks, a former UFC champion, was removed from a planned title eliminator vs. Tyron Woodley after complications while cutting weight. The former NCAA wrestler has struggled in the past to make 170 pounds, and UFC officials appeared set to force his hand to middleweight.
Instead, Hendricks will square off with Thompson, who has won five in a row including a July knockout of Jake Ellenberger. He’s also finished Robert Whittaker and Chris Clements during his win streak.
Hendricks is 17-3 and coming off a March victory over Matt Brown. Thompson is 11-1 in his career and 6-1 with the UFC, losing only to Brown via decision.
UPDATE: It was later confirmed during the card that the bout will take place at UFC 196 in February.
Thompson posted on social media, saying “There you have it folks!! Been training all my life for an opportunity like this! Thank you UFC! I’m ready! Glory to God!