Originally Posted by dbader08
How can you say that? Hendricks is a 2 time NCAA divison 1 champion (almost 3 time), and has displayed better stand up skills imo than Rory. He has also beaten much higher quality opponents. Rory got rocked hard by Mike Guymon and got put on queer street by Condit from a punch that didn't seem all that hard. You can't teach chin, which Hendricks certainly has as he displayed in the Koscheck fight.
I just feel like Hendricks is pretty one dimensional (heavy hands aside) and I also think he only looks as good as he does right now because GSP isn't healthy enough to keep the division looking miles behind him. Hendricks definitely has a sick chin, and serious power, but I think if he is in there with striker better than Fitch/Kos/Pierce etc, he gets tapped up
I think in comparison to Silva/MacDonald, Hendricks won't evolve to be much more than where he is today. Yes he has a better resume of wins at the moment, but I think Hendrick's ceiling is much lower than both Rory and Silva. I think they have a much more of a possible upside to their careers.
I'm not taking anything away from Hendricks, he is just not as impressive in my eyes as I guess his ranking should make him. I think in 2 years both Silva and Rory will be in title contention, while Hendricks will be far behind