Johny Hendricks is moving up a weight class on Saturday as he fights in the light heavyweight category for the first time, and the former UFC welterweight champion is looking forward to the challenge of facing Hector Lombard.
“I’m excited for this fight, because I’m getting to move up in weight, and also [because of] Hector Lombard. He’s a very dangerous person. He has that knockout power,” Hendricks said. “I can’t wait to get mine back as well.”
For his part, Lombard was equally respectful of Hendricks.
“He’s a big name in this sport,” Lombard said of his opponent. “He’s a former champion, and that’s where I want to be.”
Hendricks is not fretting the move up in weight class. “I’ve never been knocked out, and the reason why is because I can move my head. I plan on bouncing around, looking like I did in the old days.”
“I really want to see that old Johny. The guy that can lace somebody out with one punch.”
Who do you think will win?
UFC returns to Nova Scotia for a second time as Derrick Lewis (17-4) faces Travis Browne (18-5-1) in what should be an explosive heavyweight match-up.
The bout was due to take place at UFC 208 but was moved a week later to headline the event in Canada.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this eagerly anticipated fight.
WHERE IS THE FIGHT ON?
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, Canada
WHAT TIME WILL IT START?
Approximately 6am UAE time (Monday morning)
HOW CAN I WATCH IT?
WHO IS FIGHTING ON THE MAIN CARD?
Derrick Lewis vs Travis Browne
Johnny Hendricks vs Hector Lombard
Sam Sicilia vs Gavin Tucker
Elias Theodorou vs Cezar Ferreira
Sara McMann vs Gina Mazany
Alessandro Ricci vs Paul Felder
Usually chief flag waver for the UFC, president Dana White was left frustrated by their 208 event.
Controversy overshadowed the main event as a refereeing decision, or lack thereof, left a bad taste in the mouth for many as Holly Holm was defeated by Germaine de Randamie.
Boos rang out in the arena after De Randamie avoided point deductions for striking Holm after the bell en route to becoming the UFC’s first female featherweight champion.
Clearly, even White was left frustrated by the decisions made by the referee.
As you can see in the video above, White even goes as far as saying the ref should not be in main event matches as he is too inexperienced.