UFC 185 features two title fights and a fight that many fans are excited to see: Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown.

Hendricks is coming off of a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title. At 16-3 in his career, Hendricks, who is the current number one contender in the division, is looking to bounce back and show he deserves a shot at the belt he once had.

Brown was on a seven-fight win streak before he lost to Robbie Lawler, just like Hendricks, but by unanimous decision. Before the loss to Lawler, Brown won six of those seven wins in a row by KO/TKO. The 34-year old is 21-12 in his career and is looking to become a top contender in the welterweight division.

Here are the Keys to Victory for Hendricks:

Don’t Be Afraid To Trade With Brown, But Don’t Get Too Confident:

Brown has been knocking people out on his way to a title shot. His six KO/TKO victories in his last seven fight shows that he is a legit striker. Hendricks can also throw his hands and should not be afraid to show it. Hendricks is known for his wrestling, so if he can trade with Brown a little, it will open up his takedowns. Hendricks does not want to get too confident though or he could be the next name on the list of fighters that have been KO/TKO’d by Brown.

Use His Wrestling:

Okay, so anyone that watches the UFC knows that this is a key to victory for Johny Hendricks, but it is one that needs to be talked about. Yes, Hendricks should show Brown that he can stand with him, he just should show Brown how good of a wrestler he is as well. Hendricks needs to be able to control the fight and by taking down Brown and using his world-class wrestling he will be able to do that.

End The Fight:

Hendricks last four fights have gone to a decision and the big problem was that he lost two of those fights by split-decision. Moral of the story, Hendricks should not let the fight go to the judge’s scorecards. Hendricks hasn’t won a fight by KO/TKO since Nov. 17, 2012. That needs to change if Hendricks wants to walk away with a victory on Saturday.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.