This past weekend, at UFC 171, Johny Hendricks finally accomplished his goal of becoming a UFC champion by defeating Robbie Lawler. The road to getting the title was full of difficult obstacles that Hendricks was forced to overcome, including a controversial decision loss to long time Welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167.
Now, a new obstacle presents itself to the newly minted champion as he suffered a torn bicep in Saturday night’s epic main event title bout:
Johny Hendricks was just on KROQ in LA. Torn bicep. Surgery on Monday.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 19, 2014
With this news, Hendricks will likely be sidelined for a few months, leaving the division open for contender fights. While this may seem bad on the surface, in reality there is no clear cut #1 contender, and now there is time for a #1 contender bout.
I tend to believe that the UFC will go with Tyron Woodley vs Rory MacDonald, possibly headlining the event at UFC 174 or 175, to determine Hendricks’ next challenger.
With Hendricks’ injury, the UFC currently has three injured champions. Anthony Pettis, Cain Velasquez, and Johny Hendricks are all sidelined with injuries that have kept them, or will keep them out of competition for some time. In the meantime, expect the divisions to settle out contenders in the coming months.