Johny Harvey Hendricks (born September 12, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Welterweight division. He is known for his very powerful punches, particularly from the left hand, as well as his extensive wrestling background. As of January 27, 2014, he is #1 in official UFC welterweight rankings and #10 pound-for-pound.
....Having earned his title shot, Hendricks faced Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167 for the UFC Welterweight title. He lost the fight via a controversial split decision, a loss that UFC president Dana White felt was unwarranted as he publicly stated he believed Hendricks won the fight. In addition, the site MMADecisions.com reported that every one of the sixteen MMA media members whose scores they collect declared the fight a decision victory for Hendricks. Despite the controversy, the bout did earn him his third Fight of the Night honors.
On December 13, 2013 news came that Georges St-Pierre would be taking an indefinite break from MMA and vacating his belt.
Following this report, Dana White announced that Hendricks would be facing Robbie Lawler on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171 for the vacant UFC Welterweight title.