Johny Hendricks doesn’t want to give Robbie Lawler or Matt Brown any added ammunition to use against him down the road.
The UFC welterweight champion will find out his first challenger this Saturday night when Lawler and Brown collide in the main event of UFC on FOX 12 from San Jose.
Holding a previous win over Lawler, Hendricks knows exactly what “Ruthless” can do. But, he’s all seen “The Immortal” become a top contender in the division thanks to his current run.
“Realistically I don’t really care (who wins),” said Hendricks, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “There’s a part of me that would like to face Robbie again being healthy. But then again, there’s a part of me that wants somebody new.”
Hendricks earned the title via decision over Lawler earlier this year. He entered the fight banged up, and left it with a torn bicep that shelved him since.
“I’m torn on this fight,” he added. “Also, I don’t like to pick the welterweight class because if I sit here and (say), ‘Robbie is going to smash Matt Brown,’ and all of a sudden Matt beats him, did I give him fuel to fight me? And vice-versa.
“I’d like to see how it plays out because I think they both have a chance to win.”
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