Trilogy Nixed: Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown in Dallas, Thatch vs. Thompson in Colorado

January 14, 2015
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The UFC welterweight title picture just got a whole lot murkier on Tuesday, as UFC officials announced that the planned trilogy bout between current champ Robbie Lawler and former champ Johny Hendricks has been nixed, at least for now.

After Rory MacDonald lost his bid for a shot at the belt in his next fight so that the Lawler vs. Hendricks trilogy could first take place, things got a little more cloudy, as Hendricks will first have to step into the Octagon opposite Matt Brown at UFC 185 on March 14 in Dallas.

SEE ALSO: Hector Lombard vs. Rory MacDonald at UFC 186 in Montreal

Johny Hendricks vs Matt BrownBrown (19-12) is ranked No. 6 in the UFC 170-pound division. He made a run at a title shot by putting together seven-consecutive wins before losing to Lawler at UFC on FOX 12 in July in a title eliminator bout.

He was supposed to headline UFC Fight Night 60 against Tarec Saffiedine on Valentine’s Day in Colorado, but the former Strikeforce champion had to withdraw due to injury. Unable to find a suitable replacement in time, UFC officials scrapped the headlining bout and inserted Colorado favorite Brandon Thatch into the main event opposite Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Their bout will now be five rounds in duration.

Hendricks was expecting to complete the trilogy with Lawler in his next bout, but sources indicated that Lawler wouldn’t be ready to fight again until summer. Hendricks didn’t want to wait that long, and really wanted to fight in Dallas. At the same time, Brown needed a top-tier opponent, so the move was made to match the two at the American Airlines Center.

UFC 185 is headlined by a title bout between lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos.

Thatch and Thompson were already scheduled on the UFC Fight Night 60 card in Broomfield, Colo., but now get the bump up to main event status on the FOX Sports 1 broadcast.

Thatch (11-1) is on a 10-fight winning streak and hasn’t tasted defeat since 2008. He made his promotional debut in August 2013, winning Knockout of the Night honors for his first-round finish of Justin Edwards. He defeated Paulo Thiago in his last outing at UFC Fight Night 32.

Thompson (10-1) is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. He defeated Patrick Cote in his last outing at UFC 178 in September. The lone loss on his record came to Brown in April 2012.

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  • Sarge

    Hendricks vs Brown sounds good

    • pela

      Looks like gsp is coming back!!!!

      • Sarge

        Says who?

  • drkdisciple

    If the fight is close uncle Dana will probably announce that he is cancelling the trilogy bout against Lawler to have Hendricks vs Brown 2 lol

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    • Guest

      Brown isn’t even championship material.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Like you know anything.

        • Guest

          I know more than you. You’re just a troll.

          • TheCerealKiller

            And you’re a toenail face.

          • Guest

            Sure whatever you say trollseeker

          • TheCerealKiller


      • taylor2008

        What? Even Lawler called him and Brown the true champs after his fight with Brown.

        • Guest

          Brown has proven he can only beat guys outside top 10.

  • uncle

    Damn I like both fighters

  • Austin, TX

    Good. Rory deserves a title shot. This is the way it should be.

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  • battle ready

    Best news since the “trilogy” was announced. I think Hendricks takes this one, but i will be rooting for Brown. Does this mean the winner of Rory vs Lombard gets the title shot?

    • Guest

      I think GSP comes outta retirement, gets an immediate title shot, lays and prays on Lawler for five rounds to win the belt via unanimous decision, then Dana books GSP vs Hendricks 2 then the winner faces Lawler 😉

      • Boris

        And than Hendrix will use the most awsome strategy ever seen in the octogan and put his head between the legs of his opponent.

    • uncle

      I don’t know Brown is tough fighting him is like trying to push a boulder up a hill.

  • Seth

    You pick Matt over Rory for next title shot? Either UFC knows something that we don’t, or that’s one of the most F’d up decision ever…

    • bob

      I think it’s more to secure another contender. The winner of Rory Vs. Hector can fight for the belt, and so could the winner of Hendricks & Brown.. If Hendricks fights Lawler and Brown fights Hector (though any of those guys would be great in a title fight), the logical next title fight would be the winner of Rory vs. Hendricks and the winner of Brown vs. Hector would need another bout to secure a shot.

      • Seth

        I think you could give Hector any top 5-6 WW and give him title shot after it. I wouldn’t mind giving him that even now (of course if injury would happen or something like that), because they way he dominated his last fights was just pure beast-like

        • cheflacsto

          Any chance they are expecting GSP back and are going to put him in right away with Lawler. I have nothing to base it on, just speculating. Anything but Lawler vs. Hendricks 3 is fine with me.

          • Seth

            Yeah, there has to be SOMETHING hidden in that decision and I have funny feeling we will know what exactly, pretty soon :/

          • Sarge

            GSP isn’t coming back anytime soon.

          • cheflacsto

            I guess not, I saw the latest.

  • snapdad

    good. im getting sick of rematches

  • shakejunt

    i’m so confused, but whatever. i like all of these announcements.

  • mmalive

    Bigg Rigg is in for some trouble. Brown was defeated by Lawler in an epic war. Johnny beat Lawler not so convincingly. Not that Johnny is not good. But if either one these guys connect it is LIGHTS OUT!!!

    • Lucas Freire

      Except that Big Rigg has no reason to keep the fight standing, as Brown has no ground game whatsoever.

      • UfcUltimateFloorCuddling

        Lawler vs hendricks remind me of Machida vs shogun. I thought Jonny was a better fighter but for some reason he just doesn’t do that well,, he couldn’t find his groove. Jonny vs hendricks is a really good matchup.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Wait, what? Jonny vs Hendricks?