Bryan Levick Contributed to this Report

UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks went from talented prospect to title-contender in December after knocking out the seemingly unstoppable Jon Fitch. The win improved his overall record to 12-1 and earned him a recently announced rumble with Josh Koscheck later this year at UFC on FOX 3.

When asked for his take on the future match-up, Hendricks embraced the opportunity and indicated he’ll be looking to finish Koscheck off similarly to the way he took out Fitch.

“I am excited for this fight,” said Hendricks to Five Ounces of Pain. “I figured that I would be fighting him and the only thing I can think of is I hope he is ready to do some stand up.”

Despite being an accomplished amateur wrestler Hendricks has shown a willingness to strike in the past rather than grapple, picking up more than half of his wins by way of TKO in large part due to his one-punch power. In addition to Fitch the 28-year old also holds past knockout victories in the Octagon over T.J. Waldburger, Charlie Brenneman, and Amir Sadollah.

Koscheck has only been stopped with strikes a single time in his 22-fight career while dishing out five TKOs of his own in seventeen total wins.