I dont see the fight as a way to cement hendricks as the number 1 contender, but a way for UFC to discredit diaz. the guy is a great fighter but has soooo much baggage hes not worth the risk of having as a top guy. not hating at all, but he could win the title and flake out or fail a drug test and make the UFC look horrible.
as mentioned earlier, iron fist vs iron jaw. hendricks' stock will rise 10 fold if he knocks out diaz and dana can blacklist him out as not being that good after all.
but diaz has a natural ability to fuck everything up and will probably win. i kinda hope he does cause i still want to see him fight george