At UFC 167, longtime UFC Welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, took on Johny Hendricks in an epicly billed battle. After a hard fought five round war, many believed that Hendricks should come out the victor. As the two men stood in the Octagon before Bruce Buffer read off the scorecards, the difference of their emotions was evident. Hendricks, without a scratch on his face, looked elated in his certainty that he was the new UFC Welterweight champion. Georges, whose face was bruised, battered, and disfigured, looked sullen and defeated.
Of course by now you know that the judges gave the decision to Georges St-Pierre and he retained his Welterweight title. What followed was a series of bizarre events from GSP’s post fight comments, to Dana White’s disagreement with the decision, to all the controversy regarding GSP retiring from MMA, and much more. When the dust eventually settled, the UFC had lost one of their crown jewels as GSP vacated his belt and left the organization.
With GSP leaving, Hendricks once again had a path to the Welterweight title. At UFC 171, Hendricks will take on the heavy handed veteran, Robbie Lawler, for the vacated UFC Welterweight championship. In the video above, watch some clips of Hendricks’ training for his upcoming bout. UFC 171 goes down on March 15th in Dallas, Texas.