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Morning Report: Johny Hendricks 'doesn't care' if he's next for Robbie Lawler or Carlos Condit

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Before Johny Hendricks beat Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 to become the welterweight champion, all he talked about was winning that world title. After losing the strap to Lawler in the rematch at UFC 181, all Hendricks talked about was getting it back.

Well, those days may be long gone for "Bigg Rigg."

After being passed over in favor of Carlos Condit, Hendricks says he's done "campaigning" for big fights.

Hendricks is booked to face fellow top contender Tyron Woodley on Oct. 3, 2015 at UFC 192. Asked he believes a win earns him another shot at the title, Hendricks tells Ground and Pound TV he "doesn't care."

"I've been passed a second time," said Hendricks. "Now, I'm just fighting. If I'm healthy I'm going to fight. I don't care who it is, when it is. As long as my body is healing. Right after this fight, I'm going to see where my body's at, take a week off, relax and see what's next for me. That's where my head's at.

"I'm tired of ... I campaigned for a fight. I should have got a fight. It didn't happen. I wasted six months. I wasted six months! I don't have time for that. I want to fight. I want to get back in there. I want to continue to fight."

After using his elite wrestling to grind out a unanimous decision over Matt Brown at UFC 185 in March, fans weren't exactly clamoring to see the No. 1 ranked Hendricks promoted to a title shot.

The UFC reacted by booking No. 4 ranked Condit, despite his recent losses to both Hendricks at UFC 158 in 2013 and Woodley via TKO [knee Injury] at UFC 171 in 2014.

Burned by the judges, Hendricks says he's done taking chances getting into striking exchanges when he can win rounds with his takedowns.

"I have to do that," said Hendricks. "You out-strike somebody, you lose. That's happened twice to me, now. I want to make sure that I get the W. Yea, I want to keep fans entertained. I want to keep them excited for my fights, but I also know what I have to do. I have to win."

Despite putting on exciting performances against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 in 2013 and later in his rematch with Lawler, Hendricks emerged the loser both times.

"Each judge is different," said Hendricks. "I've fought a lot of places now and I'm starting to figure out what people want to see. If I'm not as exciting, I'm sorry, but that's what the refs want to see."

Not exactly making a prediction for the UFC 195 headliner between Lawler and Condit, Hendricks believes a win for the challenger would come at the cost of entertainment for fans.

"There's a couple ways this could go," said Hendricks. "One is that Condit goes out there and does what he does when he gets a title shot. He comes in with a great, smart gameplan, but it's not a very exciting one. Or, he goes out there and tries to finish Robbie Lawler.

"Robbie Lawler is also very tough. He can take a punch. Can he get inside on Condit? Can he get inside and land the effective punches that he needs to win that fight? It can go either way. That's a tough one."

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