News has emerged that a welterweight match between Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks will take place on December 30th 2011 at UFC 141.
John Fitch has not had a fight since February due to a shoulder injury that has kept him out of action for most of this year. His last fight was against BJ Penn at UFC 127 which ended in a draw. This fight left many fans asking for the rematch, but this was not possible due to the injury. Prior to the BJ Penn fight Fitch had been on a five fight win streak with notable victories over the likes of Thiago Alves, Paulo Thiago and Ben Saunders. This fight against Hendricks will be a good test for Fitch as he makes his return to the octagon after some time off.
Johny Hendricks who will take on Fitch will not be a walk in the park. Hendricks enters the fight with an MMA record of 11-1 which instantly shows he is not a push over as many of the victories have come over top competition with the UFC. Johny suffered his only loss to Rick Story at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale in which he came out on the bad side of a decision. At this moment Hendricks is currently on a two fight win streak with victories over TJ Waldburger and Mike Pierce. He will look to add John Fitch to that list of victories and continue his climb within the welterweight division.
It will be interesting to see how the fight plays out. Hendricks who is a former NCAA wrestling champ is a solid all-round fighter and in his last fight we saw much improved striking which will only complement his high class wrestling skills. Fitch is also very well rounded with good wrestling and Jiu Jitsu so will not be phased by his opponent in any way. This is an important fight for both men and notably the biggest fight that Johny Hendricks has had so far in the UFC. We will have to wait and see what happens.