It is official, the next in line for Georges St-Pierre UFC Welterweight title is Johny Hendricks. In March Hendricks defeated former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, who has already fought and lost to St-Pierre. Hendricks defeated Condit at UFC 158, and at the same venue, St-Pierre defeated challenger Nick Diaz. Hendricks VS St-Pierre will take place sometime this year, most likely August or September, but there is no set date for the fight. With that said, lets discuss both fighters’ strengths and who will most likely walk out of the arena as the welterweight champion.
Hendrick is an amazing wrestler and has crazy takedown skills. If you disagree, then you should check out the fight between Hendricks and Condit, because he displayed superior takedown skills in that fight. Condit spent a lot of time on his back during that bout.
Not only is Hendricks an excellent wrestler, but he packs one powerful punch. He may actually have the hardest punch in the entire welterweight division. Hendricks has proved time after time that he has some serious punching power.
St-Pierre has the most successful takedown ratio in the UFC. He kept Diaz on the ground for most of their fight. The champion is also very fast, which is probably why one of his nicknames is “Rush.” He also has decent punching power.
You have two good wrestlers going up against each other, and one has speed on their side, while the other has decent speed and some serious punching power on their side. So who is going to end up winning this bout. Lets break it down round by round.
Round One: St-Pierre will most likely get a feel for Hendricks’ defense against takedowns. Expect St-Pierre to go for a few takedowns, while Hendricks defends against each takedown attempt with ease. I think Hendricks will be on more of the defensive side than the offensive side during the first half of the first round. However, as his confidence grows as he is able to foil each takedown attempt by St-Pierre, he will start throwing some moderate punches to get a feel for how well the champion can absorb punches. I think that Hendricks’ punches will be too much too handle.
Round Two: I predict that Hendricks will come out swinging, but instead of throwing moderate punches, he will give it all he has, and he will score a knockout over St-Pierre within 1-2 minutes of the second round.
This fight will likely end in the second round, with Hendricks knocking St-Pierre out. I doubt that the welterweight champion has fought someone who packs a punch like Hendricks, and Hendricks just seems hungry for a shot at St-Pierre.
Who do you think is going to win this fight?