Number one contender cleared of broken hand and again calls out the champion.
UFC welterweight number one contender Johny Hendricks has been cleared of any serious injury and did not waste any time in starting the clock ticking towards his title shot.
Hendricks earned a hard-fought unanimous points victory over former welterweight interim-champion Carlos Condit as part of the co-main event at UFC 158 held in Canada.
With it being his sixth win in a row, and with a groundswell of media and fan hype around him, UFC president Dana White had no choice but to make Hendricks the next man to face Georges St-Pierre for the title.
A spanner could have been thrown into Hendricks’ preparation to fight St-Pierre after sustaining a hand injury early in the first round against Condit, with the collegiate wrestling champion complaining of swelling.
After his success at UFC 158 Hendricks feared his hand might have been broken, but this week Tweeted that he was in the clear.
“Update on my hand: it was feeling so much better today I decided not to go to the doc,” he said. “Recovery going good!”
A venue for the fight has not been announced, but the Las Vegas Sun quote White as suggesting he would like to take St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) back to Las Vegas to face Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC).