The UFC rattled the MMA world a little bit this week by announcing that Johny Hendricks will fight Matt Brown in his next outing, and not welterweight champ Robbie Lawler. The reason the announcement threw more than a few people off, of course, is because the promotion had said Lawler-Hendricks III was next.
Well, since Hendricks-Brown was announced for UFC 185, details as to why the promotion changed things up has come to light. Hendricks’ manager reported that the former champ wants to stay busy, rather than wait for Lawler, who wants to take a few months off after having a busy 2014.
And now, in a follow up interview from MMA Junkie.com, Hendricks himself relayed he wasn’t interested in spending several more months on the sidelines. Here is some of what “Bigg Rigg” had to say about the situation:
“He wants to take a little break? Then guess what: I’ll earn my way back, hopefully get through Matt Brown, and when that happens, it’s me and Robbie. If he wants me to work to it, I will do that.”
Hendricks also noted in the interview that when he went down with a bicep injury last year, Lawler went out and scored two more wins to lock up a rematch. That fight went down in December, and Lawler took the belt via split decision.
In the first Hendricks-Lawler fight, which took place last March, Hendricks won the vacant title with a unanimous decision win.
The former champ also conceded that fighting Brown is risky, and that further, he could lose his title shot to Rory MacDonald, but added “you’re only as good as your last fight.”
Hendricks-Brown will go down in Dallas on March 14th, and MacDonald is expected to face Hector Lombard on April 25th.