Fighter of the Month March 2014 – Johny Hendricks
By Christopher Jester
Fighter of the Month: Johny Hendricks
Event: UFC 171 (March 15, 2014)
Opponent: Robbie Lawler
Result: Unanimous Decision
Johny Hendricks did not take his fight against Robbie Lawler like it was a walk in the park. Robbie Lawler did not make it easy for Hendricks by any means either. What we fans got in return was a slugfest of two of the best strikers in the welterweight division. However, it was Hendricks who got the upper hand in the end. But it was all because of what he learned from coming up short against Georges St-Pierre for the title.
Hendricks came into this fight mixing up his strikes with leg kicks. This alone kept him a step ahead of Lawler. It allowed Hendricks to bring more into a game plan where most thought his left-hand was his only weapon. Intermingling punches, kicks, and takedowns – Hendricks was two rounds up before things changed drastically.
Lawler was no slouch nor was he willing to simply hand over the title. He would rock Hendricks in the next couple of rounds and had the momentum going into the fifth and final round. Yet, it was Hendricks ability to learn from his past mistakes to not take the last round to easy. Instead, Hendricks finally scored the takedown that he needed and sealed the bout, earning himself the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Congratulations Johny Hendricks for a well fought battle against a tough challenger. For that we are proud to reward you our Fighter of the Month for March. Good luck in defending your strap, champ!
1. Ovince St. Preux (UFC 171 – March 15, 2014) – Watch out 205ers! OSP is legit and he proved that very quickly in his fight Nikita Krylov. With very little time to showcase his striking, he went into his submission game and pulled off the rare Von Flue Choke. Most impressive, OSP!
2. Rousimar Palhares (WSOF 9 – March 29, 2014) – Controversy or not, this guy is one dangerous fella. He will find a leg or a heel whether you don’t make it easy or not. This was just the case as Steve Carl was doing everything right to get out of the submission except, well… get out of the submission. In his first fight since his UFC release, Palhares has become a champion and did so in stunning fashion.
3. Dan Henderson (UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 – March 23, 2014) – Shogun was a man on a mission in this bout and was well on his way to dismantling the older Henderson in a rematch that Shogun wanted badly. However, no one can never count out an old dog and Henderson proved just that. After losing nearly every ounce of the fight, Henderson proved why his strength cannot be denied and he slugged Shogun into oblivion and finished the fight via TKO.
4. Pat Curran (Bellator 112 – March 14, 2014) – Daniel Straus truly has Curran’s number. He is tough and knows how to counter Curran in nearly almost every way. He did so on March 14th. However, what Curran knows the most about is being a champion and he displayed that in his ability to submit Straus in the last round to reclaim his title.
5. Dennis Bermudez (UFC 171 – March 15, 2014) – Bermudez is simply getting better. He has participated in some entertaining bouts in his last few outings but what is more impressive is how he is improving. Knocking out Jimy Hettes is no easy feat but Bermudez did just that, earning his sixth straight victory.
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