The No. 1 contenders in the UFC’s welterweight and lightweight divisions have been informed they are next in line.
According to a report from UFC Tonight, Johny Hendricks‘ manager has been told by UFC officials that the fighter will get the next shot at the 170-pound title. Additionally, Donald Cerrone has been informed that his next fight will be for the 155-pound crown.
Hendricks (17-3), a former UFC welterweight title holder, is coming off a convincing win over Matt Brown at UFC 185 last March. Prior to that, Hendricks lost a rematch to Robbie Lawler, also relinquishing the UFC belt he earned by beating Lawler nine months earlier.
Cerrone (28-6, 1 NC) is a winner of eight in a row and one of the more active fighters in the UFC. His last loss came over two years to current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. According to the FOX Sports 1 program’s sources, when Cerrone was informed by officials that he would fight for the title likely in December, he responded by saying he would prefer to take a fight prior to that time. UFC officials, unfortunately for “Cowboy,” won’t grant him his request.
Lawler is set to defend his welterweight title this July at UFC 189 against Rory MacDonald. Hendricks will be in attendance to see who he faces next.
Dos Anjos is nursing an injury and will return no sooner than the end of the year.