It looks like the immediate future of the UFC’s welterweight title scene is sorted. Various sources confirmed that former champion Johny Hendricks will face Tyron Woodley in what would appear to be a number one contender fight at UFC 192 in Houston, Texas in October. Then a month later at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia Robbie Lawler will defend his title against former title challenger Carlos Condit.
Hendricks will not be happy with how this has all played out. He said on a number of occasions that he will happily fight Tyron Woodley if that belt is at stake. But now it seems the two will have to fight in order to get a shot at the belt. Hendricks is coming into this fight off the back of decision win over Matt Brown. Woodley has one his past two beating ‘Stun Gun’ and Kelvin Gastelum. He also holds a recent win over Carlos Condit.
Lawler has won his past four beating the likes of Ellenberger and Brown before beating Hendricks for the title and then defending it against Rory MacDonald in an absolute battle.
The person benefiting most from this whole situation is Carlos Condit. The 31-year-old only recently returned after a year out to beat Thiago Alves. Overall he is 2-3 in his past five fights. This includes back to back title losses against GSP and Hendricks.