It was the second consecutive title fight for Hendricks. He lost the first one via split decision. That fight took place in November 2013, and the victor was long-time champion Georges St-Pierre. Shortly after defeating Hendricks, St-Pierre relinquished his title. St-Pierre has spent the time since then in semi-retirement. Hendricks and Lawler were competing for that vacated title.
At the post-fight press conference, Hendricks (16-2), with the title belt sitting in front of him, was asked if he felt the need to defeat St-Pierre in the future. Hendricks replied, "No, but I'd like to. I'd like to fight Georges again. I think it would be fun. We had a good match."
Hendricks went into more detail regarding why he would like to face St-Pierre, saying, "I think I'm better. There's better situations. I'm going to get stronger. (This) was only my second fight for five rounds. I'm only learning. (It's only been) six and a half years. Look at all the guys I'm fighting, they all have eight, nine, twelve years, so I have a lot to learn still."
Hendricks may not feel the need to face St-Pierre a second time, but if history has told us anything about mixed martial arts, he can expect to hear whispers about how he isn't the "true" UFC welterweight champion until he defeats St-Pierre, the man that did not lose the title in defeat.
Sometimes this sport can be cruel, especially to fighters at the highest levels.