When GSP fights Johny Hendricks this Saturday, it will be his 3rd straight fight against a WEC alum.
It all started with Carlos Condit. Condit was the reigning, defending, undisputed WEC welterweight champion when the UFC bought out the WEC, moved to the UFC when the WEC welterweight division was dissolved, and lost to GSP in an epic effort at UFC 154.
Next to challenge for the welterweight title was Nick Diaz. A nice fun fact and testament to just how long Nick Diaz has been around is that he was the very first WEC welterweight champion, winning the title with a kimura over Joe Hurley way back in March 27, 2003. Nick Diaz won that championship, won the IFC welterweight championship, and fought and won his first fight in the UFC, months before GSP debuted in the UFC. He also fell to GSP, although not before first entertaining fans across the world for months with his press conference antics.
Finally GSP has come to Johny Hendricks. Although Hendricks was never a WEC champ, he entered the WEC very early in his career, fighting his 4th and 5th fights there. His 5th fight was in fact the last ever WEC welterweight fight, as the division was dissolved afterwards. His WEC experience helped him enter the UFC significantly earlier than most fighters, where he has since amassed a 10-1 record and is riding a 6 fight win streak over a murderer's row of opponents to a title shot.
Now all we need is for Hendricks to win the title and fight a newly un-retired Nick Diaz, and the cycle will be complete.