The Ultimate Fighting Championship has added another matchup to the UFC 141 fight card, putting together a bout between former welterweight number one contender Jon Fitch and up and coming MMA fighter Johny Hendricks.
After winning his first four fights in the UFC, Hendricks ran into some problems when he faced fellow up and comer Rick Story at the “Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.” Story handed Hendricks his first loss in MMA, defeating the Oklahoma native by unanimous decision.
Since then, Hendricks has been back to his winning ways, winning his last two appearances inside the Octagon.
Fitch is coming of a less than impressive performance against BJ Penn at UFC 127, settling for a draw against the former lightweight champion.
Fitch is undoubtedly one of the most underrated MMA fighters in the world, with only one loss to current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in his last 23 fights. Earlier in the year, Fitch expressed his desire to fight only the very best, particularly indicating an interest to fight Nick Diaz. The UFC didn’t exactly grant Fitch his wishes by matching him up against Hendricks.
While Hendricks has a bright future in the UFC, I doubt he’s ready for the likes of Fitch right now. Both MMA fighters are pretty solid wrestlers, but Fitch should be able to impose his will when the two men collide inside the Octagon. Fitch will grind Hendricks out like he always does, and earn himself another unanimous decision.
UFC matchmakers have been on a roll lately, setting up interesting matchups like Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar and Vitor Belfort vs. Cung Le, but I have to say they dropped the ball with this matchup. Good fight for Hendricks is he manages to earn a victory, but a rather pointless MMA fight for the second best welterweight in the UFC.