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UFC 200 Fight Preview: Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

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Another big fight I’m pretty excited for. This fight features two BIG, BIG welterweights, who have at times, had issues making weight. This is a must win fight for both guys if they wish to find themselves in the title picture anytime soon. The welterweight division is a logjam of talent and there are always a handful of guys vying for the top spot. A loss here would send either man crashing down the rankings.

Johny Hendricks has lost 3 of 6, albeit to the elite talent in the division. He’s lost to GSP, Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. Hendricks is severely heavy-handed and wades into fights looking to land his bombs. He also has world-class wrestling, but seems at times too in love with his hands to utilize it. He will undoubtedly be looking to land the single telling shot in this fight as well.

Johny Hendricks
UFC Record: 12-4
MMA Record: 17-4

Noteable Wins:
Robbie Lawler (UD – 3.15.14)
Carlos Condit (UD – 3.16.13)
Jon Fitch (KO, punch – 12.30.11)

Also of Note:
Former UFC Welterweight Champion
3-time KO of the Night Winner 
4-time Oklahmoa State University Divison I All-American

Kelvin Gastelum
UFC Record: 6-2
MMA Record: 11-2

Noteable Wins:
Nate Marquardt (TKO, corner stoppage – 6.13.15)
Jake Ellenberger (Submission, RNC – 11.15.14)
Rick Story (SD – 3.15.14)

Also of Note:
TUF 17 Welterweight Tournament Winner
12th Ranked Welterweight in the World

Kelvin Gastelum has also had his share of difficulty making weight. Since he won Season 17 of the The Ultimate Fighter, he’s been doing well, going 5-2 in the UFC. His wins have almost been equally broken up between KOs, Submissions, and decisions. He’s well rounded, and a brute at 170 when he makes weight. He’ll likely want to work his standup and outpoint Johny while avoiding his heavy hands. It’s a very important fight for him.

Johny Hendricks is a slight betting favorite over Kelvin Gastelum here, and rightfully so. He’s been in bigger fights and has fared very well in them. I expect Hendricks to land the bigger shots, eventually hurting and finishing Gastelum. Kelvin isn’t a slouch by any means, but this fight isn’t a good one for him. Expect fireworks early, but eventually Hendricks will land one of his big paws on Kelvin and that’ll be all she wrote. Johny by KO.

Dan has been writing about the sport of MMA for the last 15+ years. During this time, he's met amazing fighters, and awesome friends sitting cage-side covering MMA. The memories and relationships are payment for his passion. Dan got his start as a featured writer for Sherdog.com and now serves as owner and co-host with Evan Shoman and Dion Harrison of The Crimson Canvas Podcast, on the Fight Booth Podcast network. Dan is also a part time contributor to FightBooth.com with pro wrestling, and MMA articles. He thanks Dave Reno for the opportunity and for years of friendship and support.

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