Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks rematch eyed for January

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The rematch between UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler is being eyed up for the UFC's first major event of 2015.

After Lawler emerged victorious via Unanimous Decision over Matt Brown at Saturday night's UFC on FOX 12, he knew he was going to get a second chance at Hendricks and Dana White has told reporters, that UFC 182 could be the date.

When asked about the two meeting at UFC 182 on January 3rd, White is reported to have replied: "sounds about right".

Another championship rematch

Rematch is the buzzword in the UFC at the moment, especially with how many are/were lined up for the end of the year/early next year.

UFC featherweight champ, Jose Aldo is set to face Chad Mendes once more and Renan Barao has gotten an instant rematch against new UFC Bantamweight champ, TJ Dillashaw.

UFC light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones was set for a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson as well, before Gustafsson injured his knee and was replaced by Daniel Cormier.

That makes Hendricks-Lawler II the fourth proposed rematch title fight and although it's not because a lack of talent, it could be worrying for the UFC if the new contenders don't step up soon.

Who has the edge?

At the moment, you'd have to say that it's Lawler who has the edge on Hendricks, due to the latter's injury that has seen him sidelined for most of the year.

Hendricks hasn't fought since UFC 171 in March, where he defeated Lawler via decision and has spent time on the shelf recovering from surgery and rehabbing his knees.

On the other hand, Lawler has been nothing but active and his fight with Brown was his third in six months as he's worked hard to get back into the title picture.

Ring rust will be the concern for Hendricks. His last fight with Lawler went the distance and another 25 minute fight after 10 months on the shelf would be hard on the champion.

Revenge or confirmation?

It will be his first defence of the title and although he's spoken of a superfight with Middleweight champ, Chris Weidman, he has a lot of cleaning out to do in his division, as well as the potential of Georges St-Pierre somewhere down the line.

For Lawler it's his chance for revenge and to complete his career revival.

He was cut from the UFC back in 2004 and spent time bouncing between promotions, before landing in Strikeforce, where he competed for their Middleweight championship.

After the UFC bought out Strikeforce, he returned to their welterweight division and he's 5-1 since, with Hendricks being his only loss.

It would be an amazing comeback for Lawler, who has always been on the cusp of glory but never landed it on the major stage.

It would also be great for the UFC as they would have a much more activate champion, as Hendricks has been befit with injury during his career thus far.

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