May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Johny Hendricks (left) fights Josh Koscheck in a welterweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Johny Hendricks won by split decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Can Hendricks Compete?


Johny Hendricks defeated Josh Koscheck in a great fight. Hendricks was able to win the stand up battle and ultimately eek out a split decision victory. While we do need to start worrying about Koscheck’s eye trouble. It looks like for the second straight fight he may have a broken orbital.

Hendricks looked great in this fight. He was able to mix up the left and rights compared to what he has done in previous fights. The Texan usually looks for the big right hand, but mixed it up great in this fight and helped him to earn the victory. Hendricks is one of these new breeds of MMA fighters. He has solid stand up and is a four time All-American wrestler.

He defeated Jon Fitch by knockout in his previous fight and is launching himself into title contention. The biggest issue is the mess in the welterweight division. St. Pierre is out, Condit is waiting to unify the belt and most other fights are booked. He may have to wait to fight against the winner of Ellenberger-Kampmann for a No. 1 contender bout, but that puts him out for a six or more months.

Best case scenario is St. Pierre comes back in September and the winner of Ellenberger-Kampmann comes out injury free. Hendricks definitely has the knockout power and wrestling to defeat anyone it will all depend on whether he can put it all together.

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