It’s been kind of an up-and-down year for Hendricks. At the beginning of 2015, the former welterweight champ elected to stay busy and face Matt Brown, rather than wait on the sidelines for Robbie Lawler. Hendricks decisioned Brown, but the UFC went with Lawler-Rory MacDonald in July.
Then, after Lawler stopped MacDonald, everyone believed a rubber match with Hendricks was next, but the promotion had other ideas, and tapped Carlos Condit for a title shot. After Hendricks defeated Brown, he was pretty vocal about the fact that he thought he should challenge for the belt.
Well, recently Hendricks spoke to Ground and Pound TV, and when he was asked if he believes a win over Woodley will finally, get him that title fight, “Bigg Rigg” said “don’t care”. The powerful wrestler then proceeded to add (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’ve been passed a second time,” said Hendricks. “Now, I’m just fighting. If I’m healthy I’m going to fight. I don’t care who it is, when it is. As long as my body is healing. Right after this fight, I’m going to see where my body’s at, take a week off, relax and see what’s next for me. That’s where my head’s at.
“I’m tired of … I campaigned for a fight. I should have got a fight. It didn’t happen. I wasted six months. I wasted six months! I don’t have time for that. I want to fight. I want to get back in there. I want to continue to fight.”
Interesting no? Really, you can understand Hendricks’ frustration, as he did think on two occasions that he’d be booked for a title fight. At the time, however, there didn’t seem to be much buzz from fans about a rubber match with Lawler, which is likely why the UFC went this route.
If Lawler defeats Condit on January 2nd, and Hendricks defeats Woodley on October 3rd, one would think a third bout will get inked.