In a surprising twist, former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (pictured) won’t get an immediate trilogy against current champ Robbie Lawler. It was announced Tuesday Hendricks will battle Matt Brown at UFC 185.
The March 14 event goes down inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Both 170-pounders will be looking to get back on the winning track. Brown was defeated by Lawler in July for a crack at Hendricks’ title. Hendricks, meanwhile, lost his strap to Lawler in December.
Brown was initially slated to headline UFC Fight Night Colorado, but opponent Tarec Saffiedine was forced out with an injury. Brandon Thatch and Stephen Thompson now headline that February 14 card.
Strangely, UFC president Dana White said just 12 days ago that a rubber match between Lawler and Hendricks was on deck.
No word on why Lawler vs. Hendricks III was abruptly put on the back-burner.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson
Matt Brown vs. Johny Hendricks
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Anthony Pettis (UFC lightweight champion)