For a while, most people believed a third fight between Hendricks and Lawler would be booked. After all, Hendricks opted to fight Matt Brown in March, when Lawler elected to take a break. “Bigg Rigg” won the bout via unanimous decision, and he, as well as a lot of fans, assumed he’d fight for the title next.
The UFC decided to go with Carlos Condit instead, however, and since then, Hendricks has been fielding a lot of questions about this.
Case in point, recently Hendricks spoke to MMA Junkie.com, and while discussing the fact he wasn’t tapped for a title shot, the wrestler stated:
“It is what it is,” said Hendricks. “As long as my body’s healthy, I’m going to fight.
“It’s not even so much the UFC’s fault. It’s also the fans; whenever they do a polling of the fans, they might want something different.”
And really, this is likely what happened. After Hendricks decisioned Brown, and Lawler took out Rory MacDonald in July, it didn’t seem like there was a ton of buzz for a rubber match. If Hendricks had bombed out Brown in March, maybe things would have been different.
Hendricks also went on to say that he didn’t agree with the split decision victory that was handed Lawler in their rematch.
All this aside, Hendricks needs to get past Woodley on October 3rd, in order to remain in the short term, title shot hunt. The bout will be part of UFC 192, which will be headlined by a light-heavyweight fight between champ Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson.