Found December 31, 2011 on
For a while now the perception has been that the UFC's strongest division is lightweight. A lot of that has to do with the insanely deep talent pool at its disposal, and the strange unpredictability it brings.
On Saturday night at UFC 141 Johny Hendricks did his part to muddy the waters even more as he took eternal No. 2 contender Jon Fitch out in just 12 seconds, thanks to perfectly-aimed punch to the temple. It was a great win for his resume, but where does that leave the division now that one of the greats has fallen?
The general idea was that since Georges St. Pierre would be out of action, most likely until 2013, a new interim champ would be crowned Super Bowl weekend and that Fitch would finally have a chance to elbow his way back into the title picture. That obviously isn't going to happen and Hendricks was quick to turn to shameless self promotion during the post-fight press conference in an attempt to shine the spotlight on himself.
Sure he has a 12-1 record, but...
BEST OF MAXIM
It's likely that no one will get their hands on Georges St-Pierre's UFC welterweight title belt before the end of 2012, but the race for the interim strap could be epic. The contenders lining up behind Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit should make the 170-pound division the most entertaining in the sport in 2012.
With his devastating victory over Jon Fitch, Johny Hendricks made...
Jon Fitch (23-3-1) vs. Johny Hendricks (11-1)
Sitting on the shelf since a razor-thin draw against B.J. Penn this past February, the consensus top-three welterweight Fitch finally returns to action against Hendricks, an emerging contender with similar tools.
The 33-year-old Fitch has struggled to get the attention he rightfully deserves based on a string of nine fights that have...
Actually, it was more like one second, as it was a single punch from Johny Hendricks that took Jon Fitch out of their welterweight match at UFC 141. More »
UFC 141 Video Preview: Jon Fitch Vs. Johny Hendricks
Johny Hendricks Excited To Upset Jon Fitch
LAS VEGAS - Jon Fitch played it smart for years and it paid off with a sterling 12-1-1 career mark in the UFC. But when you fight to decisions that often, you're eventually going to get nailed. The veteran welterweight got drilled by the first punch Johny Hendricks winged his way and the lights went out. Hendricks scored a big upset in just 12 seconds at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand...
Welterweight upsetter Johny Hendricks and co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone walked away from UFC 141 with $75,000 post-fight bonuses on Saturday night.
– The following fighters took home $75,000 bonuses from the UFC 141 event…
KO OF THE NIGHT: Johny Hendricks
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone
– UFC president Dana White announced during the post-event press conference that UFC 141 had an announced attendance of 12,158 and a live gate of $3.1 million.
An official tally will be released by the Nevada State Athletic...